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Graduate Admissions

Online Application Frequently Asked Questions | Graduate Financial Aid

The Division of Theatre observes a highly selective admissions policy in its graduate programs. Four students are admitted to the stage design program every year. Eight students are admitted to the acting program every other year. Prospective students in all areas are strongly encouraged to visit the campus to gain a keener appreciation of our training, the environment and the University.

Acting Interview-Audition: The acting faculty auditions applicants in addition to evaluating their formal application for graduate study in acting. Consideration of candidates takes place every other year for admission during the fall term of odd numbered years only.  Our next round of auditions will take place December 2016 - February 2017 for consideration into the Fall 2017 term of entry.

*Candidates attending the 2017 national U/RTA for auditions should notify the Meadows Meadows Graduate Admissions Office when confirmation of your U/RTA Audition is made. Individual appointments will be scheduled following an audition at the national U/RTA finals.

The standard audition is in three parts: a two-minute monologue from a contemporary play, two contrasting minutes from a classical play and 16 bars of a song, a capella or with your own music

Stage Design Interview-Portfolio Review: The design faculty interviews applicants for graduate study in scenery, costume and lighting design. Applicants can choose to interview in Dallas, at the University/Resident Theatre Association's three venues or at a number of our own national sites. Appointments for on-campus interviews can be made by contacting the Division of Theatre.

Please read carefully before beginning your application:

Deadline and Application Fee
To assure full consideration for the fall term, application should be completed online and ALL supporting materials pertaining to the application for admission should be delivered to the Meadows Graduate Office BEFORE February 15th. Materials received from applicants who do not enroll will be retained by the Meadows Graduate Office for one year. All documents become the property of Southern Methodist University and cannot be returned. The $75.00 non-refundable application fee is waived for MFA in Theatre applicants at the time of application. Contact for waiver information.

Request in writing one official transcript from the Registrar of each college or university previously attended, including summer terms. These may be sent directly to the Meadows Graduate Office. If the transcripts are sent to you, do not open the sealed envelopes, and mail them to the Meadows Graduate Office. A supplementary transcript covering work in progress at the time of the application must be furnished upon completion of that work. International transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by official translations and evaluations.

Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation should be requested from professors who know the personal and academic qualifications of the applicant. When completing an online application applicants will have the opportunity to arrange for letters to be delivered electronically to the recommenders listed. Applicants will need a valid email address for each recommender and upon submission, notification will be emailed to them directly with instructions on submitting a web-recommendation form on behalf of the applicant. We will also accept drafted letters by mail.

Financial Aid
Scholarships and graduate assistantships for qualified, admitted students are available from the graduate division. Candidates for graduate awards are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is not required from international students on the F-1 visa. For additional information, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Meadows School of the Arts, PO Box 750356, Dallas, Texas 75275-0356 (telephone 214.768.3314).

Additional Documents Required for International Applicants

A score of a least 80 (minimum of 20 in each section) on the TOEFL iBT (or 213 or 550 on older versions of the test) is required of all international applicants whose first language is not English. Before an applicant can be considered for admission into a graduate program, the applicant must request the TOEFL score to be sent from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey directly to "SMU Meadows School of the Arts", School Code 7640, and the appropriate Department Code in the Humanities category: 53 Dramatic Arts. Applicants who have graduated from a U.S. or English-speaking university are exempt from this requirement.

I-20 and F-1 Visa
All international students admitted to a graduate program are required to provide:
• photocopy of passport page that shows official spelling of student’s name (submitted at time of application)
• proof of financial support, usually in the form of a certified letter from a bank (submitted following an offer of admission)

Submission and Contact Information 
All materials and/or questions regarding the application process should be directed to the following:

Graduate Admissions
SMU | Meadows School of the Arts
PO BOX 750356
Dallas TX 75275

Or SMU physical address:

Graduate Admissions
SMU | Meadows School of the Arts
6101 Bishop Blvd
Dallas TX 75205

Joe S. Hoselton

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