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Monster by MFA playwright Ava Geyer. Photo: Jim Carmody (2019)Monster by MFA playwright Ava Geyer (2019) Photo: Jim Carmody.

Application Information for the Playwriting Program

You have made it to step two. Here is the the information that you need to upload. After you finish determining what you need to do, you should move on to step three - applying to the University of California.

Please upload the following materials by January 6, 2021

  • One play that you have written that best represents your work and demonstrates your strengths as a candidate for our MFA program. Include a one page synopsis and attach to the front of the manuscript. Upload at
  • Professional resumé. Upload at Official transcripts or unofficial copies of academic records from all post-secondary institutions attended. Upload at
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (Waiver of Access to Letters of Recommendation and Letter of Recommendation Form at Preference is for online letters of recommendation. For the online letter of recommendation process, you must provide the email address of each recommender.
  • Statement of purpose. Approximately two pages in length about yourself and your interest in playwriting. You should take some time in writing this as we are interested in your ideas and your ability to articulate them. on-line at

GRE is NOT required.

These materials should be uploaded at or sent to the following address:

UCSD Theatre and Dance
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0344

After a preliminary screening based upon the completed application and the submitted scripts, those applicants on the short list will be interviewed at UCSD. Details regarding interviews will be finalized at that time.

If you are ready, move on and apply to the University of California, San Diego click below:

Proceed to Step 1: Basic Information Form >>

Proceed to Step 2: Apply >>

If you have questions about the application process or about the materials required of you, please contact the Graduate Coordinator at (858) 534-1046 or by e-mail at