The Department of Theatre and Dance offers the following graduate degrees: a Masters of Fine Art (MFA) in Dance, a Masters of Art (MA) in Theatre and Performance, and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Theatre and Performance. All programs require submission of an online application; the MFA Dance program also requires an audition.
The deadlines are for full financial consideration. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis after these dates. All three programs admit students into the fall semester only.
MFA in Dance: November 15, 2023 (Non-Funded Applications accepted on a rolling basis). The onsite audition is February 1, 2024.
PhD in Theatre and Performance: December 15, 2023.
MA in Theatre and Performance: February 1, 2024 (Non-Funded Applications accepted on a rolling basis).
Prospective students must complete and submit an online application for the MA or PhD in Theatre and Performance program.
Applicants to the Master’s program must have a conferred undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants to the PhD program must have a conferred undergraduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and Master’s level degree.
*GRE scores are optional for applicants to the Fall 2021 cohort for the PhD in Theatre and Performance.
All programs require international students to submit TOEFL scores (or equivalent tests) that meet the university minimum for acceptance.
The PhD in Theatre and Performance requires language proficiency that can be satisfied during study at UB.
Teaching Assistantships (TAs) are available for applicants to the MFA and PhD Programs.
PhD applicants are automatically considered for a Teaching Assistantship with the submission of a program application.
MFA applicants must submit additional information with their program application by the published deadline for consideration of an assistantship. Qualified applicants will be invited to audition for an available MFA Teaching Assistantship. All TA applicants are required to attend an on-campus audition, or submit a digital audition if permitted by the Director of Graduate Dance.
Departmental awards are available for graduate students through the Steig Olson Fund. Applicants will be considered for funding as part of the admission review process. No additional forms are necessary.