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Application Deadlines (MA/MFA)

Start Term Priority Decision* Rolling Admission Through
Fall Term (September) February 1 July 15

If you are a current student or alumni of the Theatre Education & Applied Theatre MA program and are applying to the MFA only, this program has the following application deadlines:

Application Deadlines (Theatre Education & Applied Theatre MA Current Student or Alumni)

Start Term Priority Decision* Rolling Admission Through
Spring Term (January) November 1 December 1
Fall Term (September) February 1 July 15

*Priority Decision Advantages: Priority review for admission, first consideration for scholarships and earlier receipt of an admissions decision.

For official term start dates please review our Academic Calendar.

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Admission Requirements: Master’s Program

  • Online Application 
    • After submitting your application, you will receive an email with your Admission ID. Please use your username and password to log in and check the status of your application.
  • Official Transcripts
    • Official transcript requirements 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • From persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. 
  • Admission Essay: 2–4 pages, double-spaced (500–1,000 words). The prompt for the 2021 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.
  • Resume
    • Include your professional and educational history.
  • Artistic Resume
    • Include your artistic experience and history. 
  • English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.

Admission Requirements: Master’s of Fine Arts Program

  • Online Application 
    • After submitting your application, you will receive an email with your Admission ID. Please use your username and password to log in and check the status of your application.
  • Official 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.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • There are no letters of recommendation required. 
  • Admission Essay: 2–4 pages, double-spaced (500–1,000 words). The prompt for the 2021 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 in a social justice-focused program. What are your professional and personal goals in pursuing the MFA, particularly in relation to social justice, and why is this the right time in your life/career to take this next step?
  • Resume
    • Include your professional and educational history.
  • Artistic Resume
    • Include your artistic experience and history. 
  • English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.

View our graduate admission policies

International Applicants

  • This program supports the issuance of an I-20 for the full duration of the on-campus portion of the program to learn more about applying for an I-20 you can preview the information here. No documentation is required until after you have been admitted.
  • International Student Checklist

I found my relationships with the grad faculty in the theatre department to be of utmost value. I was given opportunities to work with leading artists and scholars in their fields.

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