MFA graduate Jenni-Lynn McMillin in the graduate program's production of TWELFTH NIGHT. Photo: Jennifer Watts

For more information about the program, including scholarships and course of study, please visit our ABOUT US section

Application FAQS


Do I need to have a Bachelor's Degree to apply?

Yes, you will need to have completed a bachelor's program by the time the school year you are applying for begins.


When will I be contacted about my application?

You will be contacted in the order your application was received. 


When will I be notified if I am selected for the program?

Candidates should be notified of their status by mid-April.  Please note, this is only a rough timeline and notification may be earlier or delayed.  Candidates will be notified by mail (not e-mail) of their status.  Candidates selected for the program will receive a phone call prior to receiving a letter of admission.


When will you need my transcripts?

Transcripts are not required at the time of application.

Unofficial transcripts are required if you are chosen to be a finalist.

Official transcripts are required if you are admitted to the MFA  program.

How do I request an application fee waiver?

An applicant who demonstrates financial need may submit a written request to have the application fee waived by sending an email to



I have a questions about my appointment who do I contact?

If you have questions about your appointment, please email



If I applied last year and would like to re-apply, do I need to resubmit my materials?

We do not keep any files from previous years.  You must resubmit all materials.




Do I need to list my legal name or stage name?

Your application will be tracked under your legal name, not your stage name.



Does my undergraduate degree need to be in theatre?




What is the application deadline?

Your application and materials must be submitted before or on January 3, 2020.



What about letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation are not taken into consideration during our selection process.  Once an applicant has been selected as a finalist, we will contact your references listed on your application for a personal recommendation.



Can I schedule an audition or check availability for an audition prior to you contacting me?

No.  The only way to schedule an audition is to apply to the program, and wait for your application to process.  Once it has been processed, we will contact you with an audition date and time.



Do you accept video taped auditions, or private auditions not on the schedule?

Domestic applicants may not submit electronically.  International applicants who are chosen to audition may be allowed to submit a video audition upon approval. 



Do you participate in U/RTA auditions?

No, the only way to secure an audition is to apply directly to our program.



Are there callbacks for your audition process?

There will be callbacks at the 2019-20 auditions.  These will take place at the end of each audition day.  You will be notified at the time of your audition if you have been called back.



What is needed for auditions?

The audition consists of two, two-minute contrasting monologues, one Shakespeare and one contemporary.  Additional monologues may be requested at the time of your audition.  There is no singing component to the audition.  There will be a group movement exercise at the top of each hour, please plan on being there at the top of your hour.


After decisions have been made, may I get feedback on my audition?

As much as we would like to, we are unable to provide individual feedback after the auditions due to the sheer number of applicants. 








Do you provide the scholarships for the international students?

It’s the same as domestic students.  However, international students will need to show financial proof they have enough money for housing and living expenses. The MFA scholarship does not cover housing and living expenses. 


Do you provide any visa support?

We provide F-1 Student Visa for accepted students only.  We do not provide any type of visa for the auditions.  International applicants will have to make their way to the US under a visitor / guest visa (B-2 Visa) for the auditions.


Do you accept video taped auditions, or private auditions not on the schedule?

International applicants who are chosen to audition may be allowed to submit a video audition upon approval. 



1. Transcript Evaluation is required. Applicants must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services, Inc. (WES).  Once all required documentation has been submitted to WES, an evaluation can take as little as seven days.


World Education Services (WES)

P.O. Box 5087

Bowling Green Station

New York, NY 10274, U.S.A.




2. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory and can only be waived if English is your primary language or you have obtained a bachelor degree from the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia. Other exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.


Please use one of the following services:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL/TSE Services

P.O. Box 6151

Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

Phone: (609) 771-7100,

Fax: (609) 771-7500


International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS International

825 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 112

Los Angeles, CA 90041

Phone: (323) 255-2771






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The Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre

Post Office Box 122171

San Diego, CA 92112-2171

Tel: 619.235.2161





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