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Directing Admissions

University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must:

  • submit a current resume.
  • provide three professional or academic letters of recommendation.
  • interview with a member of the faculty. Interviews are held at U/RTA sites in Chicago and New York or on the Illinois State campus.
  • submit a letter of intent and statement of purpose addressing why you make theatre your professional and artistic goals and the appropriateness of advanced training at this time.

Directing written materials must be submitted by January 1 to:

School of Theatre and Dance
Campus Box 5700
Normal, IL 61790-5700

For more information regarding MFA in Directing, contact Robert Quinlan.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall  Not accepting applications for Fall 2024. The next recruitment cycle will begin in Fall 2024 for a Fall 2025 cohort. 

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Dr. Lauren Lowell  Centennial East - CE 007  (309) 438-5135