The Master of Fine Arts in theatre arts is a three-year program offering an area of emphasis in design/stage technology.
All graduate programs combine academic depth with professional training to prepare students for success in theatre. Students admitted to the program are selected through the university/Resident Theatre Association (URTA) auditions and through on-campus interview and portfolio presentation. Students interested in the design/technical emphasis should be able to provide evidence of drawing ability and/or technical skills.
Graduate courses are offered in the disciplines of dramatic analysis, theatre history, directing, film, production, and design. Theatre classes and productions are held in the Temple Building, which contains the Howell Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Lab Theatre. Teaching assistantships are available for selected students.
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- One set of transcripts.
- If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
- If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
* Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Major Admission Requirements
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal Statement: This statement should be a letter of intent
In addition to the requirements in this application form, all Theatre Arts MFA candidates who make it through the screening process must complete an interview and visit the campus.
For financial consideration: March 10 for Fall.
NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed
* Updates to graduate program pages are made on an annual basis in conjunction with the Graduate Application for Admission.
The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.