School of Theatre Graduate Admissions & Auditions

If you’re a professional artist seeking to deepen, expand, and challenge your own practices, consider joining the vibrant community at Boston University.  BU’s School of Theatre offers MFA Degrees in Directing, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Sound Design, Costume Design, Costume Production, Technical Production and Production Management; as well as an Artisan Certificate in Scenic Painting.  The graduate program is rigorous and selective in order to cultivate a collaborative cohort that works together in both the classroom, and in performance spaces.  Students are supported and encouraged to engage with the greater Boston network through personalized Faculty mentorships, Assistantship opportunities,  and our Professional Theater Initiatives.


To get started on your application, visit the BU CFA Graduate Application website.  All application materials should be uploaded electronically.  Artistic Portfolios can then be shared two ways.  Applicants can either choose to upload Portfolios to Acceptd.  Or, through URTA attendance.  Please visit this link to learn more about registering for upcoming URTA events and opportunities.

  • Priority Application Deadline: coming soon!
  • URTA Applicant Deadline (Design, Production, Management): coming soon!

Applications received after these deadlines will be reviewed on a space-available basis.


To learn more about your desired degree, click below:


For graduate application processes, requirements, and steps, click below:


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


The School of Theatre expects to substantially fund most accepted graduate students.  Accepted graduate students may receive up to a full-tuition scholarship, assistantship, and stipend.  For more information, please visit Tuition and Financial Aid.