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Orestes 2.0. Photo: Manuel Rotenberg (2020)Orestes 2.0 (2020). Photo: Manuel Rotenberg. 

Application Information for the M.F.A. Program in Acting

THE UCSD APPLICATION PORTAL IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. Please check back for more information regarding our Fall 2022 admissions process.

Application Materials

Below, you will find a list of the necessary application materials. After you have gathered your required materials, please visit the UC San Diego application portal. 

  • Official transcripts or official copies of academic records from all post-secondary institutions attended (can be submitted online)
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose, submitted online
  • 8X10 headshot and resume
  • Audition self-tape. Details below. 
Due to COVID restrictions, we have deemed that it is no longer necessary to send a hard copy of your photo and resume. Please contact with any questions.

Audition Information

Auditions this year will involve a self-tape and two sets of online callbacks. You will be notified of your callback status no later than January 30th. The initial callbacks will be individual Zoom sessions during the week of February 8-12. The final callback will be two days of group workshops and information Zoom sessions on February 26th and 27th.

We ask that you present two audition pieces. These monologues should meet the following criteria: Each piece should be no longer that two minutes in length. One should be from a contemporary play and the other from a non-contemporary play of language. Obviously, it will be to your advantage if you choose clearly contrasting audition pieces that show us as much as possible your creative range. We also suggest that at least one piece be within your age range.

At the conclusion of the February callback, there will be a final selection process. We will then notify as soon as possible those actors we wish to admit to the acting program.

A webinar regarding the audition process and the program as a whole was filmed on December 17th; please click here to access it

Foreign/International Students

International students have attended our program in the past. However, as we are an American institution training actors for the American theatre, all applicants need to speak fluent English.
Actor's Equity is not guaranteed for International students.

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