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College : Arts and Humanities Degree :MFA
Department : Theatre Option : Thesis
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The Master in Fine Arts in Theatre offers an Acting track designed for students who demonstrate the artistic and intellectual capacity and evidence of professional promise to pursue careers in professional and academic theatre.


The Acting track of the Theatre MFA program requires 47 credit hours of core and specialization courses that follow a suggested yearly schedule in addition to a thesis and an internship. The electives can be chosen (with instructor approval) from existing courses in the MFA tracks in Acting, Musical Theatre, Design, and Theatre for Young Audiences. Because allowed electives are both two- and three-credit-hour courses, the course of study shows a sliding number of credits for electives. Consequently, although the 61 credit hours are required, a student may graduate with as many as 65 credit hours.
Total Credit Hours Required:
61 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Students must maintain a minimum “B” (3.0) overall Theatre grade point average to continue in the major. Theatre courses with grades of less than "C" will not be counted toward degree requirements. All Acting program students are required to audition for all fall and spring productions and must accept the roles assigned. A student’s continuation in the program is contingent upon a positive annual evaluation. Students must successfully complete internship and thesis requirements. The thesis proposal must be approved in advance.

Of the 61 hours required for the Acting track, the following courses constitute the MFA Graduate Core Curriculum. See the Course Schedule below for an understanding of how the curricular elements are articulated.

Required Courses—47 Credit Hours

Core—6 Credit Hours

  • THE 5910 Research Methods in Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5087C Theatre Careers in Performance (3 credit hours)

Specialization—41 Credit Hours

Shown below is the suggested course schedule.

Elective Courses

  • TPP 6808 Independent Study (1 credit hour)
  • TPP 6686 Playwriting for Young Audiences (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5246C Circus Arts (2 credit hours)
  • TPA 5885C Puppetry (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5125C Improvisation Studio (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5248C Storytelling as a Theatrical Art Form (2 credit hours)
  • TPA 6406C Theatre Management (3 credit hours)

Thesis—6 Credits

  • THE 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Internship—8 Credit Hours Minimum

  • THE 6948 Professional Internship

Course Schedule


Fall—11 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5156C Acting Studio I (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5515 Movement Studio I (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5715C Stage Voice I (2 credit hours)
  • THE 5910 Research Methods in Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5278C Musical Theatre Lab (1 credit hour)
Spring—10 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5157C Acting Studio II (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5516C Movement Studio II (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5716C Stage Voice II (2 credit hours)
  • THE 5307 Contemporary Theatre Practice (3 credit hours)


Fall—10 Credit Hours
  • TPP 6146C Acting Studio III (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 6517 Movement Studio III (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 6717C Stage Voice III (2 credit hours)
  • THE 6507 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3 credit hours)
Spring—12 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5087C Theatre Careers in Performance (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 6518C Movement Studio IV (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 6718C Stage Voice IV (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 6267 Acting Studio IV: TV/Film (2 credit hours)
  • THE 5205 American Theatre (3 credit hours)


Fall—9 Credit Hours
  • THE 6948 Professional Internship (4 credit hours)
  • THE 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 6186C Advanced Scene Study or Elective (2 credit hours)
Spring—9 Credit Hours
  • THE 6948 Professional Internship (4 credit hours)
  • THE 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 6933 Acting Studio V (2 credit hours)

Students who do not hold a master’s degree can usually transfer up to nine semester hours into this program. Ordinarily, students holding completed MS or MA degrees will not be admitted into the MFA program. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis. Final acceptance and number of credits to be transferred will be determined by a graduate faculty committee. A minimum of 51 credits must be taken at the University of Central Florida. A student without an earned master’s degree must complete a residency requirement of at least five semesters with at least four of them being full-time, consecutive semesters. Summer session may be counted toward the four consecutive semesters.

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a master's thesis.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A 3.0 Theatre GPA.
  • Essay stating applicant's academic and professional goals.
  • Résumé.
  • An 8 X 10 headshot.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • An audition.
  • Interview.
  • Complete the general entrance and area specific undergraduate prerequisites or their equivalents.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Auditions, Portfolio, and Interview Requirements:

  • MFA Acting applicants are required to participate in an interview and perform two contrasting monologues.

For more details about these requirements, contact the Theatre Department at

General Entrance and Area Specific Prerequisites -Students applying for entrance into the MFA Programs must have successfully completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent:

  • Acting -Script Analysis or Play Analysis, Directing I, Theatre History I and II, Dramatic Literature I and II, Stage Voice I, Stage Voice II, Stage Movement I, Stage Movement II, Acting I, Acting II, Acting III.
  • Musical Theatre -Fundamentals of Music, Acting I, Acting II, Musical Theatre Voice I, Musical Theatre Voice II are all recommended.
  • Design -Script Analysis or Play Analysis, Directing I, Theatre History I and II, Dramatic Literature I and II, Stagecraft I, Stagecraft II, Theatre Drafting, 2D CADD, Scene Design I, Lighting Design I, Costume Construction, Costume Design I.
  • Theatre for Young Audiences -Script Analysis or Play Analysis, Directing I, Theatre History I and II, Dramatic Literature I and II, as well as experience in some area of theatre and/or education.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing the degree.

No part-time students will be admitted into the MFA program.

Application Deadlines

Acting MFA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15May 15



International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



International Transfer Applicants





*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.