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All Theater, Film and Television degree programs are full-time, daytime programs. The Theater graduate programs have daytime classes and evening production activities. The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television only accepts applicants for admittance for the Fall and the next application period is for Fall 2025. We will be publishing the Fall 2025 supplemental requirements by September 15, 2024.

The UCLA Department of Theater will be participating in the URTA Interviews for students applying to the Directing program for Fall 2024.

Applicants must submit all required application materials to be considered for admission.

How to Apply




By the time of entrance, MFA applicants must:

  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Satisfy the University of California’s Graduate Admission Requirements.
  • Complete equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Deadline: December 1, 2023

UCLA Graduate Application

Complete the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.

  • Indicate MFA, Theater, Directing as the program.
  • Upload the Statement of Purpose.
    • Submit a 1-2 page document.
  • Upload a Personal Statement.
  • Upload the Resume/CV.
  • Upload a Directorial Approach Essay.
    • Additional supporting material may also be submitted.
  • Upload Unofficial copies of all Transcripts.
  • Submit Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Enter the Names and Emails of all recommenders into the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.

Deadline: December 1, 2023


Mail an Official copy of all Transcripts from each Undergraduate and Graduate institutions attended.

  • Note: Community College transcripts are not necessary.

Request that all Test Scores be sent directly to UCLA.

  • Only test scores taken by December 31, 2023 will be accepted.
  • Note: Not Required for all Applicants.


Mailing Address

Please send all applicable materials to:

Graduate Theater Admissions: Directing
UCLA Department of Theater
103 East Melnitz Hall, Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622