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Deadlines

Bachelor of Fine Arts: First-Year Applicants

What is a first-year applicant?

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: January 15

Bachelor of Fine Arts: External Transfer Applicants

What is an external transfer applicant?

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: January 15

All incoming transfer students to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), regardless of the number of credits completed elsewhere, begin the program as a part of the first-year company and are required to complete four years (eight semesters) of full-time study.

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Current of Former Rutgers Students

Fall Admission Only

Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu: by January 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: January 15

Current or former Rutgers students interested in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater should start the process by emailing admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu. In your email, include your full name, RUID, current or former school enrolled, year, and program you are interested in. 

To be considered for admission, applicants are reviewed both artistically and academically. After contacting admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu, applicants will be emailed the Mason Gross Talent Assessment.

If recommended artistically by Theater Department faculty, applicants will be granted access via RUID to the Rutgers School to School Transfer Application or the Rutgers Re-Enrollment Application. The appropriate university application will be reviewed by the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management academically. 

Admissions Requirements

From another RutgersNew Brunswick school:

  • 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • Expository Writing (01:355:101) or an acceptable equivalent course with a grade of C or better

From another RutgersCamden or RutgersNewark school:

  • At least two semesters, including the current semester, as a student in your present school or college at Rutgers University, also including at least 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • English Composition I and II (Camden 50:350:101 and 50:350:102) (Newark 21:355:101 and 21:355:102) with grades of C or better
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Bachelor of Arts and Minor in Theater

Currently enrolled Rutgers School of Arts and Science students are welcome to declare the bachelor of arts in theater or the minor in theater, with no audition required. Email theater undergraduate advisor Marshall Jones for more information. 

Rutgers University Application

All applicants must complete and submit the Rutgers University Application. The university application requires the following:

  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) – for current high school students
  • Official high school transcript or GED results – recommended for all transfer applicants, required for transfer applicants who, after high school graduation, have completed fewer than 24 college credits.
  • English proficiency test scores international applicants
  • SAT or ACT scores are optional for applicants to the 2022 admissions cycle - use code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT

Mason Gross Talent Assessment

All applicants to the acting program will be required to submit the following applicants to the acting program will be required to submit the following:

  • $35 audition fee (waived for students who qualify for a need-based university fee waiver)
  • Acting questionnaire
  • Resume
  • Photograph (this does not have to be a professional headshot)
  • Audition selection date

Audition & Interview Requirements

Applicants should be prepared to present two 1-1.5 minute contrasting monologues. Applicants can choose to present one contemporary piece and one classical piece OR two contemporary pieces. The monologue selections should come from published plays (not television episodes, films, books, unpublished texts or personal writings). The audition will also include a short interview. The entire process will last approximately 10 minutes.

Covid Protocol: Applicants auditioning in person must provide proof of vaccination at check-in. In lieu of attending an in-person audition, applicants may selected a virtual audition date.

Audition Dates

All applicants to the acting program will be scheduled for a live, in-person audition or a scheduled Zoom audition. We do not prescreen. On the Talent Assessment, applicants will select their preferred audition. Audition dates fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • January 14, 2023 – Zoom
  • January 21, 2023 – New Brunswick, New Jersey (on campus)
  • January 22, 2023 – New Brunswick, New Jersey (on campus)
  • January 27, 2023 – New York City, New York – Ripley Grier Studios
  • January 28, 2023 – New York City, New York – Ripley Grier Studios
  • January 29, 2023 – New York City, New York – Ripley Grier Studios
  • February 6, 2023 – Chicago, Illinois – Hyatt Regency
  • February 7, 2023 – Chicago, Illinois – Hyatt Regency
  • February 11, 2023 – Los Angeles, California – Sonesta LAX
  • February 12, 2023 – Los Angeles, California – Sonesta LAX

Learn about the Acting program

Learn about the BA and Minor programs