How to Apply

 

 

The Theater Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees, and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Acting, Theater Design, Production/Stage Management and Playwriting (MFA only). We also offer Bachelor of Arts (BA) and minor in general Theater Studies to any Rutgers University student enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences. To learn more about our programs, click here.

To apply to any of the BFA degrees, applicants must first complete the Rutgers University online application. Five business days after submitting the university application, applicants will be emailed an invitation to complete the Mason Gross Supplemental application. This is where auditions/interviews are scheduled. To review audition/interview dates, click here.

All those interested in the BFA Acting must complete an audition. Those interested in the BFA Design or Production must complete an interview.

Please use the checklists below for each program’s application requirements:

 BFA CHECKLIST:

Rutgers Undergraduate Application, priority deadline December 1
•$70 Rutgers application fee
Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) – for current high school seniors only
•Official High School transcript- for applicants who graduated high school prior to application deadline
GED results – for applicants who earned a GED
•Official College Transcripts- for transfer applicants
SAT or ACT scores- use school code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT
•Mason Gross Supplemental Application – emailed to applicants AFTER submitting the university application.
•Schedule and complete your audition or interview
 

File FASFA (domestic students only)- although not required, we highly encourage all domestic applicants to submit a FASFA form for Rutgers University by the priority deadline of December 1 (first year) or February 1 (transfer).

 

Please note: The university application deadline for transfer applicants is February 1st. However, if you would like to audition for at one of our east coast locations (NYC or on campus), you will need to submit your application by no later than January 15th as our east coast auditions will be held during the last two weeks of January.  

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 BA CHECKLIST

Rutgers Undergraduate Application –apply to the School of Arts and Sciences
•$70 Rutgers application fee
Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) – for current high school seniors
•Official High School transcript- for applicants who graduated high school prior to application deadline
GED results – for applicants who earned a GED
•Official College Transcripts- for transfer applicants
SAT or ACT scores- use school code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT
 

NOTE: Applicants interested in the BA/minor in Theater Arts should apply to the School of Arts and Sciences. The BA major/minor is declared after a meeting with the Theater Department Advisor sometime during the first year, or after, at Rutgers. To declare the BA/minor an audition is not required.  

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 MFA:

Due to program restructuring, the Mason Gross School of the Arts Theater Program will only be accepting applications for MFA candidates in Playwriting for a Fall 2019 start. We plan to accept new MFA candidates for Acting, Design and Production in the next recruitment cycle for a Fall 2020 start. 

MFA Playwriting Applicants - should complete and submit the Rutgers University application. Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation, personal statement, official college transcripts, TOEFL score (international applicants only), and playwriting samples. Playwriting samples should include two plays OR one play and one short story. All materials should be uploaded to the Rutgers Graduate Admissions portal. Official transcripts should be mailed to:
Rutgers Graduate Admissions Office
56 College Ave
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
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 CURRENT & FORMER RUTGERS STUDENT CHECKLIST:

Applicants applying to the BFA program who are currently or were formerly a Rutgers University student (at any Undergraduate school) should follow the checklist below. PLEASE NOTE: All Acting Transfer students are required to be enrolled at Mason Gross for the entire 3.5 years of the program, regardless of how many liberal arts credits are transferred in.

•Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu to be sent the Mason Gross supplemental application invite by December 1, 2018 for a Fall 2019 start
•Schedule and complete your audition
•Complete the School to School Transfer application - for students currently enrolled at a school within Rutgers University
•Complete the Re-Enrollment application - for students formerly enrolled at a school within Rutgers University
 

Note: The School to School Transfer application and the Re-Enrollment application will not be available until February 1st. If you wait to complete the university application, you will miss the available auditions. Therefore, please email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu to start the supplemental application during the Fall semester.

Current Rutgers students interested in the BA or Minor should contact Marshall Jones at mjones@mgsa.rutgers.edu

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