Center for the Arts / DIVISION OF THEATER, FILM AND MEDIA ARTS
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: June 15
Applications are processed on a semi-rolling basis throughout the spring.
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university professors and/or professionals in the field who are familiar with their work.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
Particular coursework is not required, but evidence of playwritng experience and commitment to theater writing are required.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals serves as an introduction to the applicant. It constitutes an opportunity for the applicant to set forth her/his relevant experience, values, and areas of intense interest. It is to be written in proper essay form, but may be personal in style, and need be no longer than 500 words.
Standardized Test Scores:
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 79 iBT or 550 PBT.
The applicant meets with the Head of Playwriting.
A resume is required.
Two playscripts are required for admission consideration.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60
THTR 5871: Playwriting 1
THTR 5872: Playwriting 2
THTR 5873: Adaptation
THTR 5874: Docudrama
THTR 8001: Seminar in Dramatic Literature
THTR 8002: Seminar in Dramatic Literature II
THTR 8881: Playwriting 3
THTR 8882: Playwriting 4
THTR 8883: Teaching Playwriting
THTR 9881: Projects in Playwriting 1
THTR 9882: Projects in Playwriting 2
THTR 9991: Research
THTR 9995: Thesis
Other theater and area studies (21 s.h.)
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
Reviews are held after each semester. Each review considers all work done, progress made, and future plans. A candidate’s work in the major area is used to measure satisfactory work, rather than in the research areas in which the candidate might be less experienced. These other area courses are included in the GPA, however, and could cause failing grades. Candidates not making satisfactory progress are placed on probation for one semester. If their work improves, they may be returned to full status. If it does not, they are withdrawn from the program.
A full-length play is required.
Program Contact Information:
1301 W. Norris Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Head of Playwriting:
About the Program
The focus of the M.F.A. program in Theater/Playwriting is to develop writers for the professional theater. Although the program is intended for writers seeking a professional career in writing, individual courses are open to qualified writers looking to advance their craft in particular areas. Playwriting classes are available for writers at times convenient for those already working; evening classes and Saturday morning classes are usual. Classes are small, and individual attention is given to all students. Opportunities for readings and staged readings are available for all students, depending on the stage of development of the work. Finished works are submitted to the Artistic Director for consideration for the Main or Second Stage. Writers who have had professional productions (Equity actors with at least a two-week run) can apply for advanced standing that can shorten the time required to complete the program. Combined with the playwriting craft courses, the writer can take other graduate courses (and under specific situations, undergraduate courses) for which s/he may qualify. These courses are allowed to augment play ideas or needed research. These must have the approval of the Head of Playwriting.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years
Main, Center City
Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m.
1301 W. Norris Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Research areas are encouraged. Previous areas of interest have included African American Studies, Anthropology, Film, Mass Media, New Media, and Women’s Studies. Permission to enroll in particular courses is determined by the department involved.
Contacts are maintained with professional theaters with new play programs.
No formal relationships exist, but SMC Study Abroad programs are available. London and Dublin programs include theater visits and can include courses or internships.
The Temple University Theater Department's M.F.A. Program was rated 13th for graduate theater programs in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report.
The Theater Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST).
Areas of Specialization:
Areas of specialization can be developed through graduate study in any of the research areas. Particularly relevant are courses in film or television writing.
The program is primarily focused on training our students for careers in the theater industry.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy:
Along with all university approvals, non-matriculated students are required to get written approval by the instructor for each class they wish to take.
Because the program is arranged for working writers, assistantships are usually not available.