Application Process, Tuition & Financial Aid: Master of Fine Arts in Theatre

Contact

Director of Graduate Admissions

E-mail Emanuel

914.395.2371

Students may apply for fall entry to the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program. Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.

Previous college work is expected to be at 3.0 or higher and should reflect advanced course study. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission.

The application deadline is January 1.

Apply to the Theatre graduate program online»

Please note: All materials submitted become property of Sarah Lawrence College and cannot be returned. This application and all the materials shall not be disclosed to any person not concerned with the professional development of the student.

Application Requirements

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $60 must be submitted; upon completion of the application, online payment will become available.

Payments may also be made by check or money order to Sarah Lawrence College, and submitted via mail to:

Graduate Studies Admissions
Attn: Theatre
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, N.Y. 10708

Transcripts

Official transcripts are not required in order to apply to Sarah Lawrence College. You may send them to us via your institution's electronic transcript delivery, but we also accept unofficial transcripts via a scanned upload in the Academics section of the application, or via mail to:

Graduate Studies
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708

If your transcript is from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide a translated copy of your transcript from a service such as WES or AACRAO. All grades must be converted to the US 4.0 GPA scale.

If an applicant is accepted and accepts the offer of admission, an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended will be required prior to enrollment in the graduate program.

Interview

A personal interview is required as part of the admissions process. Skype interviews will be considered on a case-by-base basis for qualified candidates unable to visit the College.

Interviews are arranged by invitation after all materials have been reviewed. Selected candidates will be contacted in February or March with the invitation to schedule an interview.

Recommendations

Applicants will be asked to submit the names of two recommenders with their online application. Applicants should ask people who can give an informed opinion of intellectual ability for sustained academic effort.

If an applicant is unable to contact former teachers, we welcome letters from others, such as employers, who can make similar assessments. Preferably, one of those should be from a person in your field of interest.

Note: Please inform your recommenders that they will be receiving an e-mail from Sarah Lawrence College indicating that they have been asked to recommend you, and that the letter may be submitted electronically through a secure site.

Writing Responses

Please include the following with your application, as three separate essays:

  • In 500 words, discuss a performance you experienced, or a play you read recently, that you found compelling.
  • In 500 words, describe your most current work in theatre and why you feel pursuing a graduate degree is a good next step in your career.
  • In 500 words, tell us why the MFA program in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College in particular will serve your goals.

TOEFL Results (for International Applicants)

Individuals whose native language is not English must include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information concerning TOEFL may be obtained by writing: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541. Request that the results are sent to Sarah Lawrence College, ETS code 2810. For more information: www.ets.org/toefl.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Visit the Graduate Financial Aid site for a basic outline of graduate tuition, costs, and financial aid.

For more information, please contact Emanuel Lomax, Director of Graduate Admissions, or Roberta Daskin, Associate Director of Financial Aid.