Degrees Offered

Program Degree Offered
Theatre MA Program Description
Theatre (Acting) MFA Program Description
Theatre (Design/Technology) MFA Program Description
Theatre (Directing/Music Direction) MFA Program Description


Admission Schedules

Applications are accepted as follows:

  • MA Theatre: typically every three years;  next application cycle TBD
  • MFA Theatre (Acting): every three years;  next application cycle TBD
  • MFA Theatre (Design/Technology) : every year
  • MFA Theatre (Directing/Music Direction): typically every three years; 2020-2021 for entry Fall 2021

Admission Application Instructions

  • Applying for admission to the graduate program in Theatre is a two-or three-step process:
Prior to applying for the MFA in Directing/Music Direction only: send an email to expressing interest in applying. Most individuals will subsequently follow the below two steps.
  1. First: Complete the Online Application ( As part of this process, applicants must do the following:
    1. Self-report all colleges and universities attended (including grade point average).
    2. Have three current letters of recommendation uploaded by recommender.
    3. Upload a letter of intent clearly stating goals, objectives, and specialty.
    4. Upload resume.
    5. Pay the application fee.

  2. Second: Additional application materials must be sent directly to the School of Theatre & Dance.
    1. Request that official transcripts be sent to the School of Theatre & Dance from all colleges and universities you have attended (excluding University of Montana - unofficial transcript from UM accepted). Transcripts may also be transmitted electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse.
    2. Additional materials for each specialization as follows:
    • MA Theatre: Writing sample of at least 10 pages, preferably a research paper or critical analysis
    • MFA Theatre (Acting): Current headshot/resume
    • MFA Theatre (Design/Technology): Design portfolio - digital, website, or physical versions accepted
    • MFA Theatre (Directing): Statement of Directing Philosophy and production notebook
    • MFA Theatre (Music Direction): Statement of Directing Philosophy and two filmed items:
      • One movement from musical theatre repertoire without vocals, from a musical written between 1940 and 1960. Example: an overture, entr’acte, or dance break
      • One song, accompanying a singer, from a standard (non-rock) musical.

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Applications for the MA and MFA in Acting are not currently open.
    • For full consideration for the MFAs in Directing or Music Direction, applications must be complete by February 1, 2021.
    • For full consideration for the MFAs in Design/Technology, applications must be complete by March 1, 2021.
  • Complete application packets received after these dates will be considered on a space-available basis.
Theatre & Dance website

Campus Location
Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center, Room 110

Street Address
32 Campus Drive 
Mail Stop 8136
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-4481

Graduate Program Coordinators

Bernadette Sweeney, Ph.D., Performance & Practice
Alessia Carpoca, Design & Technology

School Director
Mike Monsos