Texas Tech University

Theatre & Dance Admissions

Undergraduate Admission Procedures

The Admissions Office recommends that applications be on file by February 1 for summer or fall admission, and November 1 for spring admission. Applicants should also request the most current undergraduate catalog for official university and departmental procedures.

University Procedures for Admission to a Bachelor's Degree Program:

First-Time Freshman:

To enroll for the first time in Texas Tech, an applicant must:

  • Graduate from high school with acceptable credits for high school subjects.
  • File an application to Texas Tech University and pay required fee.
  • Have acceptable scores on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). High school graduates who have been out of high school for more than five years are not required to provide test scores.

Transfer Students:

To enroll at Texas Tech, an applicant must:

  • File an application to Texas Tech University and pay required fee.
  • Present official transcripts of their entire academic record from all institutions in which they have been or are enrolled.
  • Must be eligible to return to the institution most recently attended.
  • Provide a high school transcript.

For complete information and frequently asked questions, visit Texas Tech Admissions. Applications can be made online through Apply Texas.

Requests for paper applications should be directed to:

Office of Admissions
Box 45005
Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
(806) 742-1480
or online at Texas Tech Admissions.

Admission to all undergraduate departmental programs follows general university admission policies except in the case of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and the Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Students seeking a BFA degree will be admitted by audition and interview, at the discretion of the faculty. Continuation in the program is dependent upon annual review and the faculty's assessment of the student's timely progress. Students seeking a BA in Dance must participate in an annual program audition. That audition is held each spring for admission to the BA in Dance the subsequent fall term.  More information on the spring 2017 audition will be available soon.

For further information, please contact:

Beth Scheckel, Undergraduate Advisor
School of Theatre and Dance
Texas Tech University
Box 42061
Lubbock, TX 79409-2061
(806) 742-3601

Graduate Admission Information

The successful applicant to a master's program typically has a GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate work. The successful applicant to the doctoral program typically has a GPA of at least 3.4 in master's work. It is expected that a student entering a graduate program has successfully completed certain courses prior to their graduate work. The successful graduate student may be asked to level in courses they have not taken.

An interview may be scheduled after application and prior to admission.

Applicants will not be evaluated until all of the requirements below have been submitted in the application. The Graduate School will notify applicants when their applications are complete, have been referred to the School of Theatre and Dance for consideration, and when an admissions decision has been made.

For more information about our graduate programs, go to choosegrad.ttu.edu.

To apply to the School of Theatre & Dance graduate program:

  • Apply to the Texas Tech Graduate School
      • Submit the application at least three months before the intended date of enrollment
      • Provide transcripts of all previous college-level study
      • Use this placeholder PDF file to upload to the Graduate School site when asked for CV, Personal Statement, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, etc.  Please note that you will upload transcripts to the Graduate School as well as to Acceptd.
  • Submit your supplemental application materials via Acceptd

Supplemental materials uploaded via Acceptd will include the following:

  • Official GRE score report, (not applicable to MFA-Design applicants)
  • A required application fee
  • 3 letters of recommendation, preferable from sources in the area of theatre 
  • Current resume
  • A writing sample (a minimum of 750 words), preferable about an aspect of theatre. PHD applicants:  submit 10-30 pages of your best research or academic writing.
  • Statement of purpose for graduate studies:
    •  Elaborate on your academic interests and goals specific to the program of study you wish to pursue.
    •  Briefly describe the aspects of your background relevant to your interest in applying to this program. This might include your undergraduate studies, and any other graduate study or relevant professional work if applicable.
    •  Why does this program at Texas Tech interest you and how did you hear about it?
    •  How do you hope to utilize your degree after graduation?
    •  PhD Applicants: The Fine Arts Doctoral Program offers a unique interdisciplinary education in Art, Music, Theatre, and Philosophy, and provides a comprehensive approach to doctoral study of the arts and of aesthetic principles. Describe your interest in the interdisciplinary core of our doctoral program. See: Fine Arts Core
  • Applicants to M.F.A. programs must submit samples of artistic work in their area of interest. Only materials with return postage will be returned.
    • Performance & Pedagogy: An on-campus audition with faculty (preferred) or an online submission (Acceptd) of two contrasting audition pieces and a song (song is optional)
    • Playwriting: a ten-page sample of a representative work
    • Design: a portfolio of design work (slides, CD/DVD, websites, or photographs in portfolio format, not original renderings)
    • Arts Administration: an interview with faculty
    • PhD Applicants: indicate the two tracks they plan to pursue: Acting/Directing, Arts Administration, Design, History/Theory/Criticism, Playwriting

For further information and to arrange a campus visit, please contact:

Abigail Roberts Chowning, Graduate Admissions Coordinator
School of Theatre and Dance
Texas Tech University
Box 42061
Lubbock, TX 79409-2061
(806) 834-7679