MFA Directing – Application

Application materials deadline: February 17.
Early application is advised.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts
  • Non-refundable application fee of $80
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Résumé — list artistic work with dates
  • Headshot
  • Letter of Intent; the applicant should describe his or her career path and ambitions and why he or she wishes to study directing at Boston University at this time.
  • Two (2) Production Essays:
    • Applicants are asked to choose a play they have directed and write a passionate essay including an analysis of the script, conceptual and design ideas, and an explanation of the applicant’s personal connection to the work.
    • Applicants are asked to choose and justify a three-play season for a theater and audience of their own imagining.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from theater professionals. These may be submitted online inside the application.

In early April, after review of all materials, a small number of applicants will be invited to interview in Boston. Successful applicants have been early-career professionals with an established body of directing work and at least three years of post-college directing experience. The faculty takes time to review each candidate with care; therefore, applicants should not expect decisions until late spring.

Note: This program is designed for stage directors only. Students wishing to pursue a master’s program in Film and Television Directing should contact the Boston University College of Communication.

International Applicants

International applicants must prove proficiency in English.  For more information, please go here.

Apply Online

Submit Application Materials To:

Office of Graduate Admissions
College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue
Room 230
Boston, MA 02215

Please do not enclose application materials in extra envelopes, binders, folders, or plastic covers. In addition, be sure to review specific application requirements for the School and program to which you are applying. Please do not send additional supporting material as it will not be evaluated or returned.

Financial Aid

The School of Theatre expects to substantially fund most accepted graduate students. Most students receive up to a full tuition scholarship, assistantship, and stipend. For more information, please explore our Tuition and Financial Aid web page.