How to Apply

 

 

 

The Theater Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts is accepting applicants for the Fall 2020 semester for the following programs: BFA Acting, BFA Design, BFA Stage Management, BFA Technical Direction, and MFA Directing.We also offer Bacehlor of Arts (BA) and minor in general Theater Studies to any Rutgers Univresity 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.  

Back to Top

 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.  

Back to Top

 MFA:

Mason Gross School of the Arts Theater Department offers a MFA in Directing and a MFA in Playwriting. Both programs follow a 2.5 year curriculum and accept new students on alternating years. MFA Directing candidates will be reviewed for admission for a Fall 2020 start. MFA Playwriting candidates will be reviewed for admission next cycle for a Fall 2021 start. The Theater Department will not accept new applicants for the MFA in Design, Acting, or Stage Management at this time.  

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

MFA Directing 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). FInalists will be invited to interview with Theater Department faculty. 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 Back to Top

 

 CURRENT & FORMER RUTGERS STUDENT CHECKLIST:

PLEASE NOTE: All transfer students to the BFA in acting, design, or production 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. Current or formerly enrolled Rutgers students should email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu by January 1, 2020 for a Fall 2020 start. The email should include your name, RUID, current (or former) Rutgers school enrolled, year, and program of interest. Upon receiving your email, the Mason Gross Admissions Office will send instructions to complete the Mason Gross supplemental application where you will register to audition or interview. Auditions and interviews are scheduled for January 25th and 26th. For more information on the transfer process for current or former Rutgers students, visit here

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

Back to Top