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College of Fine Arts Graduate Programs

Admission to the Master of Fine Arts – Theatre degree program is based on artistry and scholarship. We will begin recruiting our next Master of Fine Arts class in early 2014. 

Placement in the program will be determined through portfolio review, academic credentials, diagnostic testing, and personal interview. Candidates for admission should have adequate training in theatre. Deficiencies may be corrected before beginning graduate study.

Faculty from the University of Florida audition prospective graduate students at the National Unified Auditions and Interviews (NUA/Is) of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA). Please follow the U/RTA recommended Designer guidelines, read the FAQs, and complete the online application by November 22, 2013. Late applications, with an additional fee, are accepted through December 20, 2013. 

Faculty will be at the following location on the dates listed below. They look forward to meeting you, discussing our program, and viewing your work.


February 1-2



For more information regarding the design programs, please contact Professor Stan Kaye, Design/Technical Area Coordinator at (352) 273-0510, . Interested designers should contact us with a letter of interest prior to the auditions requesting an interview at their audition site. Design students may also elect to seek an audition on campus either before or after the U/RTA auditions,although no assistantships or scholarships may be offered until after the U/RTA auditions have concluded. While we use the U/RTA auditions as our primary recruitment tool, we encourage interested students to establish a relationship with us via email at their earliest convenience.


Admission Steps


Graduate applicants normally submit an application after a conditional offer of admission has been extended, or upon request by the design area faculty. Although there is not an official application deadline, admission decisions for the fall semesters are generally made between February and April.


1)     Apply online to the University of Florida and pay the $30 application fee. The online application includes a section for you to write a statement of purpose to express your interest in pursuing our graduate program and provides the opportunity for you to highlight special talents and skills that you will bring to the program. We recommend you prepare this text, carefully review, and then cut and paste into the online application. You may also include your resume to your application. The online application has been enhanced to allow you to electronically request the required THREE (3) letters of recommendation that will become part of the application. More information and directions are provided as you complete the online application.  


You may also indicate your interest in being considered for a graduate assistantship by checking the box on the online application. Funding decisions coincide with our admission decisions, when possible; or we provide notification as quickly as feasible following admission.

     In the rare case when you cannot apply online, you may:

Print the application (complete the PDF application and mail the $30 application fee to the below address) after fee, “made payable to the University of Florida,”

Office of Admissions
S201 Criser Hall
P.O. Box 114000
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

2)     Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended (a minimum 3.0 grade point average of is required for all upper-division undergraduate work, which is the last two years of your undergraduate academic record.)


Transcripts should be sent directly to the below address:


Office of Admissions
S201 Criser Hall
P.O. Box 11400
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000



Although the University of Florida requires the General Test of the GRE for graduate admissions, the GRE is NOT required for MFA - Scenic Design students who completed an undergraduate degree at a U.S. institution. If you earned your bachelor's degree outside of the U.S, please submit official Graduate Record Exam scores (UF institution code 5812, Theatre department code 2403), as part of the application process. Test scores are considered in conjunction with your overall application.

Applicants with International Bachelor's Degrees- Please see additional information below.


3)     Please send an email to to let us know you completed the online application. If you requested electronic letters of recommendation, we’ll be able to access with your application. We can also view your transcript, resume and statement of purpose. Please contact us directly with any questions and use the below address to correspond directly with the School of Theatre & Dance.


Graduate Admissions & Academic Programs
College of Fine Arts
P.O. Box 115800
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-5800 USA
(352) 846-3425
Fax: (352) 392-3802

Additional Admissions Information for our Applicants with International Bachelor's Degrees (only)

1. Submit certified academic transcripts, including degree statements for all university-level work. These documents must be accompanied by certified English translations. Consideration of an application cannot be given until the Office of Admissions receives ALL required credentials. There is no need to have your document evaluated by a credentialing agency, as that task is completed at the University of Florida

2. The GRE is an admissions requirement for students who have earned a non-US bachelor's degree. The university does not compute grade point averages for non-US earned bachelor’s degrees, and requires the GRE as a component of admissions. Test scores are considered as one part of the entire application. The minimum score for the verbal section is 140 (320 for the pre-Fall 2011 version of the exam). The University of Florida code is 5812 and the department code is 2403.

3. The University of Florida requires proficiency in spoken and written English. This helps ensure that students who speak English as a second language are able to participate fully in university life, both in and out of class. Students from non-English speaking nations, who have not studied at least one year at a U.S. college or university, are also required to submit satisfactory scores on one of the following assessment exams:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 77
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet-Based): 80
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Paper-Based): 550


If you have completed one academic year of college course work at a university or college in a country where English is the official language, excluding intensive English language programs, you are exempt from this requirement.

The UF Academic Spoken English Programprovides courses designed to improve your English-language speaking and comprehension skills. You may choose to take one of its courses if you do not feel confident about your skills in these areas. You also may be required to take one of its courses if the UF Graduate School or the department you are majoring in does not feel your skills are strong enough for competitive performance in the classroom or research arena. This program also monitors non-US students' SPEAK or TSE scores, which are required and must meet a certain minimum if they are going to be awarded a graduate teaching assistantship.

The UF English Language Institute (ELI)offers non-degree-credit intensive programs for non-US students and professionals who want to improve their ability to speak, read and write English and become more familiar with American life and culture, so they can become more comfortable and successful in real-life settings in education and business. It also provides housing assistance, academic advisement and other services. 

Graduate School Admission Policies

UF Office of the Registrar International Admissions Webpage 
(includes information you will need before applying, after you've applied, and after you've been accepted)

UF International Student Services and Overview of the I-20 process




For additional specific program about our MFA degree, please review the student handbook or call Professor Mihai Ciupe at (352) 273-0509.


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