Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Student performing

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university* with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for conditional admission. *See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

We accept a cohort of students every other year. Next cycle starts in fall, 2020. Applications will open online on July 1, 2019. Priority will be given to students whose application and materials have been received by March 1, 2020.

Application Procedure

Candidates are screened by both the M.F.A. program and by University Admissions.

  • A graduate school application with required fee
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • A personal artistic statement outlining the candidate's goals as a theatre artist and the specific relevance of the M.F.A. program at Towson to the candidate's objectives
  • A current professional resume
  • Selected slides, photographs, video, DVD reviews, papers, scripts or other supporting materials in multiple artistic disciplines
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's talent, scholarship, collaborative skills and ability to thrive in a self-directed program (the email addresses of your recommenders must be entered on the application)
  • A list of at least three other references, with telephone numbers, whom the department may contact for additional evaluations.

An interview may be granted at the discretion of M.F.A. faculty following initial admission screening.

* Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions

* For any financial information, please visit the following pages: tuition and expenses, financial education

Contact Information


MFA Program in Theatre Arts
Steven Satta
Center for the Arts,
Room 3037