Graduate Admissions

We are accepting graduate applications for fall 2015 enrollment in Theatre & Performance. Applicants may be contacted for interviews, usually in February, and are available by Skype, phone, or in person, depending on the students access to Buffalo.

 

Deadlines:

Review of PhD applications for fall 2015 will begin on December 1, 2014.

Review of MA applications for fall 2015 will begin on January 1, 2015.

In addition the MA and PhD programs we welcome students interested in pursuing Non-Degree studies in Theatre & Performance. Students may take up to 12 credits as a non-degree student, usually 1-2 courses per semester, before applying to a degree-granting program. Once admitted to a degree program, all previously taken credits transfer toward the degree.

For more information:

 

Katie Mallinson, Graduate Program Assistant or Dr. Sarah Bay-Cheng, Director of Graduate Studies
+1 716 645-6318   +1 716 645-0587
kamallin@buffalo.edu   baycheng@buffalo.edu

 

Applicants who have submitted complete applications by the deadline will be notified of their status no later than April 1, 2015.

Application Requirements - MA

Applicants to the MA program may submit unofficial, electronic transcripts or equivalent international credentials from accredited undergraduate institutions (official copies may be submitted later). All applicants must have a BA, BFA, or BS prior to entrance into the MA program. All materials are submitted electronically through the online application.

Applicants are required to submit the following for admission to the MA:

  • online application available here (includes all requirements noted below)
    • statement of intent (1-2 page statement outlining your professional goals)
    • unofficial academic transcript (official copies may be submitted later)
    • academic writing sample (e.g., scholarly essay or academic paper, performance or book review)
    • portfolio of creative activities (you may provide either a URL link or upload documentation directly into the online application)
    • non-refundable application fee
    • 3 letters of recommendation: For the recommendation letters, you will submit the contact information for your recommenders, who will be contacted with information to upload their letters of recommendation letters to the Gradmit application system. We suggest that applicants contact their preferred recommenders at least 2 weeks prior to submitting their contact information so that all of the materials are complete by the deadline.

The portfolio of creative activities is designed to showcase the work that you've done in and area of production. This can include:

  • a detailed professional resume or c.v.
  • samples of performance or production experience, such as:
    • a design portfolio with production images (no more than 15)
    • a performance reel (no more than 5 minutes)
    • detailed acting resume
    • dramaturgical protocol
    • any other documentation of creative or scholarly work related to your career goals in theatre and performance

While we expect applicants to have interest in both research and production, the ideal applicant will not necessarily have equal experience in both areas.

Application Requirements - PhD

Applicants to the PhD program may submit unofficial, electronic transcripts or equivalent international credentials from accredited undergraduate institutions (official copies may be submitted later). All applicants must have a masters-level degree (MA, MFA, MS, etc.) prior to entrance into the PhD program.

Applicants are required to submit the following for admission to the PhD:

  • online application available here (includes all requirements noted below)
    • statement of intent (1-2 page statement outlining your professional goals)
    • unofficial academic transcript (official copies may be submitted later)
    • academic writing sample (e.g., scholarly essay or academic paper, performance or book review)
    • portfolio of creative activities (you may provide either a URL link or upload documentation directly into the online application)
    • non-refundable application fee
    • 3 letters of recommendation: For the recommendation letters, you will submit the contact information for your recommenders, who will be contacted with information to upload their letters of recommendation letters to the Gradmit application system. We suggest that applicants contact their preferred recommenders at least 2 weeks prior to submitting their contact information so that all of the materials are complete by the deadline.

The portfolio of creative activities is designed to showcase the work that you've done in and area of production. This can include:

  • a detailed professional resume or c.v.
  • samples of performance or production experience, such as:
    • a design portfolio with production images (no more than 15)
    • a performance reel (no more than 5 minutes)
    • detailed acting resume
    • dramaturgical protocol
    • any other documentation of creative or scholarly work related to your career goals in theatre and performance

While we expect applicants to have interest in both research and production, the ideal applicant will not necessarily have equal experience in both areas.

Application Requirements - Non-Degree Students

We also invite students to enroll as non-matriculating members of the graduate classes. A non-matriculated student is someone who is enrolled on a semester-by-semester or course-by-course basis. If you are a non-matriculated student, you have not been accepted into the University as a regular student pursuing a degree. Graduate credits earned this way may be applied to a degree program, if the student decides to apply in the future. Non-matriculating students may take up to 12 credits (usually 4 courses) before they are required to apply for a degree-granting program. We invite regional performers and artists to consider this option as a great way to learn more about our program and graduate school more generally

Applicants submit the following for consideration as non-matriculating students in graduate coursework:

  • online application available here to include:
    • statement of purpose (1-2 pages outlining your career goals: What are you looking for?)
    • unofficial transcripts (official copies may be submitted later)
    • non-refundable application fee
    • portfolio of creative activities, including c.v. or resume and examples of performance or production work

For International Students taking the TOEFL exams, please use the following institutional codes:

UB institutional code: 2925

Theatre & Dance departmental code: 53

The departmental graduate committee will review applications. Students applying to the PhD from the Department of Theatre & Dance's MA program may forward some of their previous application materials (i.e., undergraduate transcript, GRE scores, letters of recommendation), but must submit a new statement of intent and an updated portfolio (as developed during the MA year).