The first charter of DePaul University included a statement on nondiscrimination and the policy has been enforced vigorously for 100 years. Students, faculty and the public are entitled to equal treatment regardless of race, creed or color. It is the policy of The Theatre School to make admission decisions without regard to the race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap of the candidate. Admission to the Master of Fine Arts degree programs is based on evidence of ability to be successful in graduate study. Specific requirements include:
- Completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (as evidenced by official transcripts).
- Completion of graduate application materials.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Demonstration of special competence in the major area through an audition or interview.
In addition to the application materials, arts leadership applicants submit a series of written statements including a personal statement. Please contact The Theatre School’s Admissions Office for exact written requirements.
Arts Leadership applicants are evaluated by an admissions committee and semi-finalists are contacted for phone interviews. Finalists are selected for an in-person interview with personnel from The Theatre School and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The in-person interview will take place in Chicago at applicant's expense. Significant consideration regarding the admissions decision will be placed on the in person interview.
Application Deadline and Entry Terms
Applications are only accepted for entry into the fall quarter of each academic year and are generally accepted from September through January for entry the following fall.