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Graduate Admission

​​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 late August. All required application materials must be received by the application deadline in order for you to be considered for admission. Decisions are released in late March/early April, and students are asked to respond to the offer of admission by the date listed in their admissions decision letter.

Application Deadlines:

MFA Arts Leadership - December 15
MFA Directing - December 15
MFA Acting - 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 on the online application. 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.

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Application Requirements By Program

Additional Requirements For International Applicants

​International students interested in our MFA programs will need to submit a transcript evaluation and proof of English language proficiency. More information can be found on our international admissions page​.

Auditions & Interviews

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

Audition & Interview Dates/Locations

Where to Send Application Materials

Your resume and photograph will be uploaded as part of your online application. Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores should be sent to our office directly by the person/institution that issued them. These materials can be sent by email ( or they can be mailed to the following address:

The Theatre School Admissions Office
2350 N. Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60614-8422