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Due to the structure of the program, we admit new students only once a year and for fall entry only. The deadline to submit your application materials for the MFA Arts Leadership program is
February 1. Finalists are typically selected in mid-to-late February and will complete an interview in mid-March at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Significant consideration regarding the admissions decision will be placed on the finalist interview.
Request three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your desire to attend The Theatre School. You can electronically request a letter from a recommender through the online application by providing their information on the recommenders page, or you may simply have your recommender email their letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a non-native English speaker who has not completed a bachelor's or master's degree in the United States, you will need to submit test scores from an English proficiency exam. Visit our international admission page for more information.
The GRE is NOT required for admissions consideration but may strengthen your application if your undergraduate grade point average is less than 3.0.
Finalists will be selected in mid-February to take part in an interview day at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The interview day is typically held in mid-March and will include personnel from both The Theatre School and Chicago Shakespeare Theater; information about what finalists should prepare and bring with them will be communicated by email to the finalists. Expenses for travel, lodging, etc. are the responsibility of the applicant. Significant consideration regarding the admissions decision will be placed on the in-person interview.
To check the status of your application materials, log into your DePaul application portal or give The Theatre School Admissions Office a call at (773) 325-7999. Application materials can be sent to us by email (email@example.com) or they can be mailed to the following address:
The Theatre School Admissions Office 2350 N. Racine Ave Chicago, IL 60614-8422
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