Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (Acting) Application


Please read this entire page of instructions before beginning an application.

The Theatre Graduate Program IS accepting applications for MFA (acting) students entering the program in autumn 2022 beginning October 5th.

Acting Faculty

Application Process

Step 1

The first step in our application process is to audition for our faculty. Do not apply to the MFA program until after you have auditioned. We audition prospective students at all three URTA auditions and on campus.

Campus audition dates are held in February.

Applicants should be prepared to present an audition according to the URTA guidelines for acting auditions: Two contrasting pieces with introduction not to exceed four minutes total time. Furthermore, applicants should be prepared to demonstrate additional skills and to receive direction. We are particularly interested in the presentation of any material created by the actor.

Step 2

The second step in our application process is to complete the Theatre Graduate Program Application. Include the following materials with the application:

  • Statement of purpose articulating your interests and goals
  • Current CV or resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Head shot

Within the online application you will be asked to supply the names of your recommenders as well as their email addresses. Once you submit your application your recommenders will receive an email with a link for them to upload their letter. Please note that your recommenders will NOT receive an email until after you have submitted your completed application online. After you submit your application, please notify your recommenders that they will receive an email from

Step 3

The second step is a campus visit. We strongly encourage you to visit our campus if at all possible, even if we saw you at URTAs. This gives you a chance to meet all of our faculty as well as our current graduate students. You also get an up-close look at all of our facilities, venues, and studios. We strive to provide as complete an experience of our program as possible.

Campus audition dates are in February.

Step 4

Finally, if the faculty recommend you for admission, we will invite you to complete the Ohio State Graduate School Application. Include the following materials with the application:

  • One official copy of transcripts or record of marks for each university-level school attended, including English translation of any foreign documents
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores for international applicants or U.S. applicants whose native language is not English


Here are the deadlines by which the Ohio State Graduate School Application must be received.

  • December 1 for U.S. and international applicants who wish to be considered for a fellowship
  • March 15 for U.S. and international applicants who wish to be considered for an assistantship
  • April 7 for U.S. and international applicants who do not wish to be considered for funding

If you have any questions about the process or need additional information, please contact the External Relations Coordinator.

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