How to Apply

To apply to the M.F.A. program in Stage Management a completed application and $120.00 fee ($140.00 for international applicants) is required. The application fee must be submitted online (checks will not be accepted). All graduate applications are submitted electronically and must be supported by appropriate academic transcripts from each college/university attended, three letters of recommendation, and resume. Unofficial transcripts must be submitted online with the graduate application. Official transcripts must be provided only after a candidate has been accepted by the program and formally admitted to the university. All letters of recommendation must be submitted online. Stage Management resumes should be uploaded to the electronic application.

Please be sure to specify on the online application your "Specific Area of Interest" as Stage Management.

For Stage Management applicants, the GRE exam is not required. After we have received and processed your M.F.A. application and application fee, our stage management faculty will contact you, if you meet their initial criteria, regarding the city and time of your audition/interview. If you move after you submit your application, it is important that you notify our office with your new address and phone number. The deadline for submitting your application and fee is no later than two weeks prior to the city/date that you desire for your audition/interview; interview cities/dates are listed below. The deadline for submission of letters of recommendations is March 10th. Only persons who have submitted applications, fees, and stage management resumes can be assigned an audition/interview time.

Please be sure to contact the Drama Office if you haven't heard from us within three weeks of submitting your application.

A faculty representative will be interviewing both direct applicants and U/RTA applicants at the following cities/dates in 2020:

  • New York City: Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Chicago: Friday, January 24, 2020

*Those wishing to interview at the Irvine campus should apply no later than February 1.

Stage Management interviews for U/RTA applicants may be accessed via the web at, requested by email at, or by phone at 212-221-1130.

Interview location will be provided at time of scheduling your interview time.

For those international applicants that are required to take the TOEFL test to measure English language proficiency, a minimum score of 80 is considered passing. To be eligible to receive a teaching assistantship, a minimum score on the speaking portion of 26 is required. For more information, please visit the Graduate Division website.

Find out more:

   :: Apply Electronically
   :: Graduate Division website
   :: Graduate Housing
   :: Financial Aid
   :: Drama Department Brochure
   :: English Proficiency Information for International Applicants