The Theatre Education & Applied Theatre (MA/MFA) program has the following application deadlines for Fall 2020:

  • Priority decision: Feb. 1
  • Rolling through: July 15

Students applying to the MA program or the MA/MFA program who are not current Emerson students or alumni should start an application below:

Apply for MA/MFA Program
(New Students) 

Students applying to the MFA program who are current students and alumni of Emerson's Master of Arts in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre should start an application below: 

Apply for MFA Program
(Current Students/Alumni)

After submitting your application, you will receive an email from Emerson College with an Admission ID. Please use your username and password to log in and check the status of your application. Please keep in mind that processing your supporting credentials may take up to 7 to 10 business days.


View Domestic/U.S. Application Requirements View International Application Requirements

Admission Requirements: MA/MFA Program

U.S. Applicants (MA/MFA)

All applicants are required to submit the following credentials. The GRE/GMAT is not required for this program.

Transcripts

For application review, unofficial transcripts will suffice and can be uploaded directly to your application prior to submission. Official, signed transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended must be sent to Emerson College prior to matriculation. If the transcript is for less than 8 credits, we don't require it to be sent. ​Degrees completed outside the U.S. will require an evaluation (please see the International Applicants tab for more information).​

Send official, signed transcripts to the following address prior to matriculation:

Emerson College Graduate Admission Processing Center

PO Box 870

Randolph, MA 02368-0870

If you are using a mailing or shipping service that does not allow for delivery to a PO Box, you may use our alternate application mailing address of Emerson College Graduate Admission, 120 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116.


Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. The preferred method of submission is directly through the application site, as it ensures the most efficient processing of your application. Electronic submissions coming directly from the applicant will not be accepted.


Essay

There is one required essay for this program, which can be submitted online with your application. The prompt for the Fall 2020 application is:

Explain your short-term and long-term professional goals. How will an Emerson education assist you in achieving these goals? Reflecting on any relevant work and educational experiences, describe how you would contribute to the program and to the profession.

Essay length: 2-4 pages, double-spaced (500 - 1,000 words) 


Artistic Résumé

Submit an artistic résumé in addition to your professional résumé.


Professional Résumé

Include your professional and educational history.

International Applicants (MA/MFA)

Below outlines the credentials and additional steps required by international applicants. The GRE/GMAT is not required for this program.

Transcripts

All non-U.S. transcripts must be sent to an evaluation agency. Your evaluation should include a course-by-course evaluation, GPA and degree-equivalency. On a case-by-case basis, some applications can be reviewed prior to receipt of the official evaluation. 

Please contact one of the credential evaluating agencies listed below to receive an "Application for Evaluation of Foreign Credentials." Requests for evaluation are usually honored within 20 working days of receipt of all required materials and fees. You must include instructions on the application to send a copy of the evaluation to the Office of Graduate Admission at Emerson College. You must provide the agency of your choice with copies of transcripts from all previous educational institutions and certified English translations.

Be sure to check with credential evaluating agency to confirm what documents are needed to complete the evaluation.


English Language Proficiency 

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.

Successful applicants typically have scores within the following ranges:

TOEFL:       95-115
IELTS        6.5-7.5  
Duolingo:   115-135
Pearson  65-80

Scores will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may require additional submissions to demonstrate English proficiency.

Proof of English proficiency is not required of students:

  • Whose native language is English
    • Note: Supporting documents may be required for approval of English proficiency test waiver
  • Who have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction was English or the institution is in a country where English is the native language (the U.S. and its territories, the United Kingdom and its territories, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada).

Emerson College TOEFL Code: 3367


Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. The preferred method of submission is directly through the application site, as it ensures the most efficient processing of your application. Electronic submissions coming directly from the applicant will not be accepted.


Essay

There is one required essay for this program, which can be submitted online with your application. The prompt for the Fall 2020 application is:

Explain your short-term and long-term professional goals. How will an Emerson education assist you in achieving these goals? Reflecting on any relevant work and educational experiences, describe how you would contribute to the program and to the profession.

Essay length: 2-4 pages, double-spaced (500 - 1,000 words) 


Artistic Résumé

Submit an artistic résumé in addition to your professional résumé.


Professional Résumé

Include your professional and educational history.


I-20

The Theatre Education program supports the issuance of an I-20 for the full duration of the program. 


SEVIS Fee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all applicants for F-1 student visas and J-1 visas to pay a one-time fee of US$200 before applying for a visa. More details about paying this fee can be found at U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.


Getting a Social Security Number (Once You Reach the U.S.)

Please note that it is not necessary to have a social security number for admission or for obtaining a visa. Please visit the U.S. Government Social Security website.


Admission Requirements (MFA) 

The information below pertains to current students and alumni of Emerson’s MA in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre. The GRE/GMAT is not required for this program. All applicants are required to submit the following credentials. 

Transcripts

We will automatically add the transcript for your Master of Arts in Theatre Education degree. There is no need for you to put in a request for this transcript. 

We do not require a bachelor’s or any other transcript for the application. 


Letters of Recommendation

There are no letters of recommendation required. 


Essay

There is one required essay for this program, which can be submitted online with your application. The prompt for the Fall 2020 application is:

In a cohesive essay, please express why you want to pursue the MFA option. Cite specific examples from your work, life and educational experiences that have led to your decision to further your academic training as a theatre educator. What are your professional and personal goals in pursuing the MFA, and why is this the right time in your life/career to take this next step?

Essay length: 2-4 pages, double-spaced (500-1,000 words max) 


Artistic Résumé

Submit an artistic résumé in addition to your professional résumé.


Professional Résumé

Include your professional and educational history.

International Applicants (MFA) 

I-20

The Theatre Education and Applied Theatre MFA program supports the issuance of an I-20 for the full duration of the program. 


SEVIS Fee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all applicants for F-1 student visas and J-1 visas to pay a one-time fee of US$200 before applying for a visa. More details about paying this fee can be found at U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.


Getting a Social Security Number (Once You Reach the U.S.)

Please note that it is not necessary to have a social security number for admission or for obtaining a visa. Please visit the U.S. Government Social Security website.


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