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Acting (MFA in Theatre Arts)

The MFA in Theatre Arts with a focus in Acting is awarded by the Graduate College with instruction in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are. Also review the options for Financial Assistance for Theatre Arts Students.

Application Deadlines 

This program accepts new students every three years. The next admission cycle will begin with applicants for fall semester 2015.

  •  Fall Semester—January 15, 2015 or by special request
  •  Spring Semester—not offered
  •  Summer Session—not offered

Application Procedures 

For this degree program, send some application materials to the Theatre Arts Department and some to the Office of Admissions, which handles Graduate College applications. Contact information is lower on this page.

Materials to send to the Theatre Arts Department:

  • Your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (PDF)
  • A résumé
  • A written statement explaining why you are seeking the MFA in acting at Iowa
  • A Personal Interview and Audition
  • A current headshot photo

Materials to send to Admissions:

  • A second set of your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • International students must send their official TOEFL scores from Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681).
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.


If you Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. If you cannot pay by credit card, you may Download and Print an Application (PDF) and pay the fee by check or money order in U.S. currency made payable to "The University of Iowa."

Contact Information 

Department of Theatre Arts
The University of Iowa
107 Theatre Building
Iowa City, IA 52242

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396