Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (Design) Application Process


The Theatre Graduate Program IS accepting applications for MFA students interested in scene design entering the program in autumn 2023 beginning October 5th. We are NOT accepting applications for MFA students interested in costume or lighting design during this recruiting cycle.

We recruit annually at URTA and LINK. We also meet many potential students independently and we encourage you to contact our faculty directly to learn more about the program or schedule a campus visit.

Design Faculty

Note: The department is currently conducting searches for a costume design and a lighting/sound design faculty member.

Application Process

Step 1

The first step in our application process is to share your work with our faculty. Send your portfolio to the faculty member with whom you wish to study.

Step 2

The second step would be for us to meet. Even students who we've met at URTA or LINK, we strongly encourage to visit our campus if at all possible. 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 our facilities, venues, and studios. We strive to provide as complete an experience of our program as possible.

Step 3

Finally, if the design faculty recommend you for admission, they will invite you to complete the Ohio State Graduate School Application. Do not apply until you have been invited to do so. Include the following materials with the application:

  • Statement of purpose articulating your interests and goals
  • Current CV or resume
  • Portfolio of your work or link to online portfolio
  • Two letters of reference
  • 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

The GRE is NOT required for admission to this program unless the applicant's undergraduate GPA is less than a 3.0 or if the 4-year undergraduate degree is not from an accredited institution.


All application materials must be received by March 15th.

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

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