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Playwriting (MFA in Theatre Arts)

The MFA in Theatre Arts with a focus in Playwriting 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).

Financial Assistance for Theatre Arts Students

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines 

  • Fall Semester—January 15 (a new class is admitted every fall)
  • Spring Semester—not offered
  • Summer Session—not offered

Application Procedures 

To apply to this degree program, you will need to submit some application materials to your academic department and some to the Office of Admissions.

Materials to send to the department:

  • Your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (PDF)
  • Two Scripts: Scripts should be full-length (one full-length and one one-act play also accepted)
  • A résumé of relevant academic, theatrical, and work experience
  • A short Personal Statement

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 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 

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 USA
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