University Resident Theatre Association

The Theater-Directing MFA program recruits students through the National Unified Auditions and Interviews conducted by the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA) in New York and Chicago.

Interested students are encouraged to apply with the URTA when appropriate. Students intending to pursue the degree must complete both the Temple University Graduate Application, and the URTA application and interview process.

How to Apply

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.

This Master of Fine Arts program admits a cohort every three years. Applications for admission to the next cohort will be accepted for the fall 2021 term.

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.
  • Resume: Submit a current professional resume.

Application materials may be mailed to

Graduate Admissions
c/o Paury Flowers
School of Theater, Film and Media Arts
Presser Hall 141
2001 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Admission Deadline

  • Fall: Feb. 15

Admissions deadlines are determined by candidate interview schedules. Applications are processed on a semirolling basis throughout the spring.