Our MFA in Playwriting Program is a branch of the English Department in the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University. Admission is competitive, so we urge you to follow the four-step guidelines below.

  1. You must complete a Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions Application. Click here to go the main Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions page, which links to an online application. When you fill out this application, indicate that your intended course of study is the graduate MFA Playwriting Program.
  2. You must read the pertinent sections of Graduate School of Arts & Sciences bulletin here. This is a compilation of necessary information on the admission procedures, application process, deadlines, financial aid, and the programs. (*Note we’re the MFA in Playwriting.)
  3. We ask for three letters of recommendation, including at least one letter assessing your ability for advanced academic study.
  4. In addition to the main Graduate School of Arts & Sciences application, the Playwriting Program requires that you submit a minimum of one original full-length play or two one-act plays. We are looking for writers who demonstrate an adept use of language, a strong sense of theatricality, and a flair for character-driven dramatic action.
  5. The ability to read or speak a foreign language is required for this degree. There are various ways to meet this obligation. You may contact the director of the Playwriting Program for further details.

All application materials should be sent to:

Boston University
Admissions Office, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
705 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 112
Boston, MA 02215

Application Deadline

All application materials, including submitted work, letters of recommendation, and a completed application form, must be received by March 15. (Please note we accept applications every two years—2014, 2016, and so on.)

If you have questions about the application process, please call Boston Playwrights’ Theatre at 617-353-5104 (Program Director Kate Snodgrass), or call the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office at 617-353-2696.

Most of our graduate students receive exceptional financial aid, and teaching fellowships are awarded. Top applicants will receive a full tuition scholarship.