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Graduate Admissions:


General Information

Hello, and thank you for your interest in our graduate programs in Theatre. We have moved to a largely on-line application process to match the University of California's own shift to internet admissions.

Now don't panic. The online application process is easier than you think. There are three easy steps to follow below. The one catch is that you have to have an e-mail address to apply to the University online. If you don't have one, it is very easy to get a free e-mail at Hotmail, Yahoo, or Google.

All applications and all supporting documentation for applications to admission in the Fall of 2016 must be received by:

  • Actors - January 6, 2016; please note that auditions are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Dance Theatre - January 6, 2016
  • Designers - January 6, 2016; Costume, Light, Scenic, Sound
  • Directors - January 6, 2016
  • Playwrights - January 6, 2016
  • PhD - January 6, 2016
  • Stage Management - January 6, 2016

If at any time you have questions about the application process or the materials you should submit, please contact Marybeth Ward by e-mail at or by phone at (858) 534-1046


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Entrance Requirements


Applicants must have or must be about to receive a Bachelor's Degree (not necessarily in theatre) prior to applying for graduate admission. A 3.0 or better grade point average in the last two years of undergraduate or post-baccalaureate work is required. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for PhD and playwriting programs only. Please note that due to the nature of our program, students may enter only in the fall quarter and we do not accept transfer credits from other programs.


Financial Aid


Financial assistance is detailed in the Application for Graduate Admissions. Be sure to check the Financial Assistance Requested box indicating that you intend to apply for need-based financial aid and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2, 2016. (Foreign students are not eligible for need-based financial assistance.)

Estimated 2015-2015 tuition and fees are itemized in the Application for Graduate Admission booklet. There are Need-based grants, Work-Study, Loans (Federal Perkins and Stafford) and Non-need-based loans (Federal SLS, Unsubsidized Stafford). To apply for any of these, you should file the FAFSA by March 2, 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: since it is possible that you will not receive notification of an award until close to the starting date of the fall quarter, you should make every effort to provide for contingency funds in the event your request for aid cannot be fulfilled.

You are encouraged to seek public and private sources of scholarships and grants through your undergraduate school's financial aid office. You should also visit your local public library to obtain other private sector sources of scholarships, grants, and student loans. You should investigate and apply as soon as possible due to early application deadlines.

The UCSD school code for your FAFSA is 001317.

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A limited number of scholarships and fellowships are available to entering graduate students through the Graduate Division and are described in the Application for Graduate Admission booklet.  The Department of Theatre and Dance will nominate students for departmental scholarships as warranted.


Selection Process


At the conclusion of the audition tour, there will be a final selection process. We will then immediately notify those actors we wish to admit into the Acting program. The same process will be implemented following interviews with directing applicants. For all other areas, students selected for admission will be immediately notified after a complete review of the file and all submitted documents and after a personal or telephone interview. We will also notify you of financial awards for which we plan to nominate you.

Entrance into the program is highly selective. From approximately 500 applicants, we select 20-29 students. The breakdown is usually as follows: 8 actors, 1-2 dancers, 1-2 directors, 4-6 designers, 1-2 playwrights, 3 stage managers. Students who are not selected for admission should be notified by mail by April 15.

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Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
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