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The Department of Theatre does not require an audition for intended theatre performance majors.

Interested applicants are welcome to take a tour of our department and meet faculty and students. Schedule your Jayhawk Day here.  

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To apply for Fall admission into the M.A. or Ph.D. program, please submit all application materials no later than: January 1 (to be considered for admission with financial support) or February 15 (for admission consideration without financial support.). The Department does not admit new students for the Spring or Summer terms.

To be considered for admission, prospective graduate students are expected to meet the following minimum standards:

  • an overall undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.2.
  • an overall GPA of no less than 3.5 in the major and in previous graduate studies.

International Students

International students must provide TOEFL scores (at the time of application) and the international I-20 Request Form (to be submitted later if the student is admitted to the program). International students must have a Test of Spoken English (TSE) Score of 50 or above for Graduate Teaching Assistantship consideration.

Online Submission of Application and Fee

Your Application Form, Application Materials, and Application Fee should be submitted online through Graduate Studies.

Required Application Materials for M.A. and Ph.D.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. For routing, our institution code is 6871; our department code is 2403. Check with your GRE Examination Center to be certain your scores will arrive at KU by the application deadline.
  • An official transcript, sent directly to KU, from your baccalaureate granting institution, and transcripts from all institutions attended post-baccalaureate.
  • Three (3) recent letters of recommendation, two of which should be from your current or former teachers. This occurs online. Be prepared to provide the names and email addresses of the three people who will be providing letters for you.
  • A current resume of academic and artistic experiences.
  • A statement of personal goals that explains why you want to pursue graduate study in theatre.
  • A writing sample (no more than 15 pages) that demonstrates your ability to theorize, analyze, and synthesize scholarly information. (Please do not send theses, CDs, DVDs, or video tapes.)

Information about financing your education.

Contact Information

Graduate Administrative Associate
University of Kansas
Department of Theatre
356 Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-3140
Phone: 785-864-3511
Email: kuthr@ku.edu

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To apply for Fall admission into the M.F.A. Scenography program, please submit all application materials no later than January 1 (to be considered for admission with financial support). The Department does not admit new students for the Spring or Summer terms.

International Students

International students must provide TOEFL scores (at the time of application) and the international I-20 Request Form (to be submitted later if the student is admitted to the program). International students must have a Test of Spoken English (TSE) Score of 50 or above for Graduate Teaching Assistantship consideration.

Online Submission of Application and Fee

Your Application Form and Application Fee should be submitted online through Graduate Studies.

Required Application Materials for M.F.A. Applicants

  • An official transcript, sent directly to KU, from your baccalaureate granting institution, and transcripts from all institutions attended post-baccalaureate.
  • Three (3) recent letters of recommendation, two of which should be from your current or former teachers and/or those able to recommend you on the basis of professional design experience. Completed letters with accompanying forms may be sent directly to the Department by your recommenders or submitted online.
  • A current resume of academic and artistic experiences.
  • A comprehensive statement of your theatre design philosophy and the objective you hope to achieve through graduate study.
  • Applicants are encouraged to bring their portfolios to campus for an interview and tour of the theatre facilities. Please contact Professor Mark Reaney, Head of Design, to schedule an interview.
  • Portfolio — CD-ROMs, CDs, DVDs and/or a comprehensive 35mm slide portfolio (including a slide information sheet with name, number of each corresponding slide, title, and date) of your undergraduate and/or professional work must be submitted if you do not visit the program. The portfolio may consist of realized designs, class work or paper projects, drafting and other technical preparation, art or illustration work, or photographs of models. Evidence of CAD is desirable.
  • A self-addressed return mailer, including return postage, must be submitted or the materials will not be returned.

Information about financing your education.

Contact Information

University of Kansas
Department of Theatre
356 Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-3140
Phone: 785-864-3511
Email: kuthr@ku.edu

 


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