Playwriting Application Information


The MFA playwriting program is not accepting applicants for the fall 2022 semester. Our next cohort will be reviewed for a fall 2023 start.


Step 1: Review Deadlines

Application deadlines vary across departments, programs, and applicant type.

Step 2: Submit University Application

Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants must first submit a Rutgers University application.

Step 3: Submit Mason Gross Supplemental Application

All Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants are required to submit a talent assessment. Talent assessment requirements vary across departments and programs. Applications are considered incomplete without the required talent assessment.


Rutgers University Application: March 1

Mason Gross Supplemental Application: March 15

Rutgers University Application

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

  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • University questionnaire
  • Request for transcripts (completion of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university is a required prerequisite)
    • Official transcripts must be sent from the Registrar’s office of the undergraduate institution where the bachelor’s degree was awarded.
      Transcripts can be sent:
      • Via Mail:
        Administrative Services Building
        ATTN: Graduate & Professional Admissions
        65 Davidson Road
        Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
      • Via Email:
  • English proficiency test scores (international applicants)
    • TOEFL/IELTS/DUOLINGO: A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Standard or At-Home), an IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or a DUOLINGO test score is required if your undergraduate education was completed in a non-English speaking country.
      • Your scores must be current within 2 years of the semester for which you are applying.
      • Your application will not be reviewed by the graduate admissions committee if your test scores are not submitted.
      • Minimum scores for admission are as follows:
        • TOEFL computer based or home based: 83
        • Duolingo: 110
        • IELTS: bandwidth 7
        • TOEFL paper based: 550
      • EXEMPTIONS: Permanent Residents, Green-Card holders, and US citizens are exempt from the language test requirement. If you have completed an undergraduate degree in the U.S. or any other English-speaking country, you are also exempt from the language test requirement. There are no other exemptions.

Mason Gross Supplemental Application

  • $55 submission fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio

Personal Statement

In 300-500 words, address why you should be considered for the Mason Gross School of the Arts playwriting program.


Applicants are required to submit two plays or one play and one short story.

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