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Graduate Admission

​​The Theatre School community consists of artists from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. The Theatre School admits a diverse population of students and encourages applicants inclusive of all gender and sexual identities and expressions, including their intersection with racial and ethnic identities, as well as the multiplicity of identities in our ever-evolving society. For more on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, read our diversity action statement.

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Admissions Timeline

The application process begins in the fall of the year before you would enroll, and the application typically opens in August. All required application materials must be received by the application deadline in order for you to be considered for admission. Decisions are typically released in late March/early April.

Application Deadlines:

MFA Acting
The online application & prescreen video are due December 15. All remaining application materials are due by the time your callback audition is complete.
MFA Arts Leadership
The online application & materials are due February 1.​

How to Apply

Theatre School applicants begin by completing DePaul University's graduate, degree-seeking application online. Please be aware that we admit students for fall entrance only, and listing any other entry term will result in Theatre School programs failing to appear as program options. Once you submit your online application and pay the application fee, you can log back into the application portal to check the status of your application materials.

Start Your Application Check Your Status: MFA Application Portal

Admission Requirements

Click on your program to below to learn more about its specific admissions requirements:

If you are applying as an international studentclick here to learn more about international applicant requirements.

Auditions & Interviews

A video prescreen and callback audition (MFA Acting) or finalist interview (MFA Arts Leadership) is required for admission to The Theatre School. Finalist interviews are by invitation only, after a thorough review of the student's completed application.

Audition & Interview Dates

Submitting Application Materials

Your resume and photograph will be uploaded as part of your online application. Transcripts can be unofficial (sent to us by the applicant) and uploaded through the online application or sent to us by email at Official transcripts will be needed upon acceptance to the program.

Letters of recommendation, English proficiency exam scores (required of most international applicants), and official transcripts must be sent to our office directly by the person/institution that issued them, not the applicant. While we prefer to receive emailed/electronic copies sent to, hard-copies can be mailed to:

Theatre School Admissions Office
2350 N Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Students who were educated outside of the U.S. will need to send their official transcripts to one of the approved transcript evaluation companied listed on this page; a transcript evaluation will be sent to us by the evaluation company once the evaluation is complete. Please submit your transcripts early to ensure the evaluation can be completed and sent to us before our application deadline.