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General Information

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs in Theatre.

Applying to our graduate programs is a three-step process. Please read over the following details, and you'll be able to begin your application via the link to the Basic Information Form at the bottom of the page.

All applications and supporting documentation for admission in the Fall of 2019 must be received by:

    •   Acting - January 8, 2020; please note that auditions are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
        Click here for info on our Audition Tour >>

    •   Design - January 8, 2020 Costume, Light, Scenic, Sound

    •   Directing - January 8, 2020

    •   Playwriting - January 8, 2020

    •   PhD - January 8, 2020

    •   Stage Management - January 8, 2020

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

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 the PhD program 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. (Foreign students are not eligible for need-based financial assistance.)

The UCSD school code for your FAFSA is 001317.


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 & 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 in San Diego for applicants to the Acting Program. We will then immediately notify those actors we wish to admit. 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 will be notified by mail by April 15.

Proceed to STEP 1: Basic Information Form >>

If you have questions or would like more information about our Graduate programs, call the Graduate Coordinator at 858-534-1046 or email at meward@ucsd.edu.

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