How to Apply

Please note: Students intending to pursue the degree must complete both the Temple University Graduate Application and a portfolio interview. The applicant can interview with appropriate faculty, either through URTA at audition sites in Chicago or on Temple University's Main Campus.

University Resident Theatre Association

The Theater-Design MFA program recruits students through the National Unified Auditions and Interviews conducted by the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA) in Chicago. Interested students are encouraged to apply with the URTA when appropriate.

To apply, submit Temple's online graduate application along with an online application fee of $60. You will also need to provide the following general supporting materials.

General Supporting Materials

  • Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts reflecting a bachelor’s degree.
  • Goals Statement: Submit a statement of goals.
  • Recommendations: Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé: Submit a current professional résumé.

All transcripts for applicants should be emailed (preferred) to OR mailed to the following address.

Admissions and Recruitment
School of Theater, Film and Media Arts
Temple University
2020 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Additional Materials

International Applicant Requirements 

Requirements for international graduate applicants are more involved, please see the graduate school international application page for detailed information. Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet the following minimums.

  • TOEFL iBT: 100 
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0 
  • PTE Academic: 68 
  • Duolingo: 120 

Admission Deadline

Application deadlines are determined by candidate interview schedules. Applications are processed on a semi-rolling basis throughout the spring. 


Josette Todaro is the assistant director of Admissions and Recruitment.
Phone: 215-204-3209