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Directing (MFA in Theatre Arts)

The MFA in Theatre Arts with a focus in Directing is awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through 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.

Financial Assistance for Theatre Arts Students

Application Deadlines 

This graduate program accepts new students every three years. The next acceptance cycle will begin with applicants for Fall Semester 2016. Future admission cycles will begin with students applying for Fall 2019, Fall 2022, etc.

  • Fall Semester—January 15, 2016. The next acceptance cycle will begin with applicants for Fall 2016. 
  • Spring Semester—not offered
  • Summer Session—not offered

Application Procedures 

The graduate application process has two steps

  • Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • Submit supplemental materials required by your degree program. A few programs require materials be sent directly to them However, almost all supplemental material can and should be uploaded from your Admissions Profile on ISIS, our online service center for applicants and students.

Degree Program Supplemental Materials

  • A résumé
  • A written statement explaining why you are seeking an MFA in directing at Iowa
  • A Personal Interview

Recommendations

The application requirement section of your Profile includes an electronic letter of recommendation feature. If your program of study requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders including email on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email giving them instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

  • Three letters of recommendation

Materials to send to Admissions

  • A set of your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.

Apply 

Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.

Contact Information 

Department of Theatre Arts
The University of Iowa
107 Theatre Building
Iowa City, IA 52242 
theatre@uiowa.edu
319-335-2700

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396
admissions@uiowa.edu
319-335-1525