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Acting  Master's

Be part of an intensive three-year course of study that will prepare you for the industry through studio instruction and performance opportunities.


What is Acting at WVU like?


Are you a passionate actor looking to elevate your craft and career? Consider our MFA in Acting — a rigorous, three-year program with comprehensive studio instruction and diverse performance opportunities.

We accept a select class of 6-8 actors every three years, ensuring personalized attention and a close-knit, collaborative ensemble.

Our conservatory-style training emphasizes risk-taking and experimentation, helping you develop as a professional artist under the mentorship of experienced core faculty and guest artists. As part of our graduate acting ensemble, you'll be at the heart of 5-6 main stage productions and numerous workshop projects, while also serving as a leader and mentor to undergraduates.

Assistantships are available, offering a tuition waiver, stipend and health insurance. Opportunities are available in teaching, publicity and branding efforts for the School of Theatre and Dance, or collaborating with West Virginia Public Theatre, our affiliate professional theatre.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: March 31

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What are the requirements to apply for Acting at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Acting graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Audition
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Résumé /CV

Additional application considerations:

  • The next admission term open will be for Fall 2024.
  • Your audition should consist of two contrasting monologues and 16-32 bars sung a cappella, not to exceed 3 minutes in total.

Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain.

International applicants must also submit required documents for international students.

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