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.
  • Résumé: Submit a current professional résumé.

Application materials may be mailed to the following address.

Graduate Admissions
c/o Jim Short
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment
Center for Performing and Cinematic Arts
Temple University
Presser Hall, Room 127
2001 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Admission Deadline

Admissions deadlines are determined by candidate interview schedules.

  • Fall: March 1, 2022

This program will next be admitting applicants for the Fall 2022 semester.