Theatre Arts (MFA)

Admission Expectations

  • Students must submit an online graduate application and submit all required documentation to the Graduate School.
  • Evidence of a Bachelor’s Degree and 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • Audition at the University of Louisville, at a regional or national conference site, or through a video submission
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement (500-800 words, double-spaced)
  • Department committee reviews application materials and makes a recommendation to the Graduate School.
  • All applicants are automatically considered for Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships that include full tuition, stipend, and health insurance for the academic year (August–May).
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Program Requirements

MFA candidates must complete the course requirements listed below. Students are paired with a faculty advisor to review their progress at the end of each semester, evaluating coursework, professionalism, performance projects, and any GTA responsibilities.

Performance Courses42
Graduate Acting I-V (5 semesters, 3 credit hours each)
Graduate Movement I-IV (4 semesters, 3 credit hours each)
Graduate Voice I-IV (4 semesters, 3 credit hours each)
Theatre Arts Elective (at the 500+ level, minimum 3 credit hours)
Academic Courses12
Playscript Interpretation
Special Topics in Theatre (Tools for a Global Theatre)
Performance Theory
Approaching African-American Theatre
Related Coursework8
Introduction to Graduate Study in Theatre
Theatre Pedagogy
Independent Study in Community Service
Elective (at the 600+ level, outside of Theatre Arts, minimum 3 credit hours)
Performance Projects10
MFA Performance Project I
Thesis Performance
Thesis Guidance
Minimum Total Hours72