Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre Application


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

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

Performance, History, Theory Faculty


  • December 1 for U.S. and international applicants who wish to be considered for a university fellowship or a department assistantship
  • January 31 for U.S. and international applicants who do not wish to be considered for funding

Application Process

Step 1

The first 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
  • Writing sample (published or unpublished) that demonstrates research, analysis, and expository writing

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 2

The second step in our application process is 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

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.

You do NOT need to include the materials submitted in the department application (see step 1) when applying to the Graduate School. Those materials will be uploaded to your application by the department.

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