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TTU Theatre students reading through a play script

School of Theatre & Dance
M.F.A. in Theatre Arts

Playwriting Track

The Playwriting track immerses students in a rich learning environment that balances rigorous academic scholarship with a strong focus on theatre production. 

What Sets Us Apart

In addition to classroom instruction and workshops, M.F.A. students have multiple opportunities to see their plays workshopped and developed. In the past few years, our student playwrights' works have been produced around the world.

  • Participation in WildWind Performance Lab, professional new play development experience
  • Access to guest artists from around the nation
  • Opportunities to produce plays with BurkTech Players, Plays on Tap and in the annual new play festival, Frontier Fest

WildWind Performancce Lab

Guest Artists

Produce Plays

Program Highlights

The M.F.A. in Playwriting focuses on developing skills in dramatic writing with an emphasis on writing for the stage. Students take courses across the field of playwriting, script analysis, and dramaturgy.

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Apply through the Texas Tech Graduate School Application Portal

  • Provide transcripts from all previous college-level study
  • Provide all required supplemental items:
    • 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from sources in theatre or dance
    • CV/Resume
    • Payment of required application fee
    • Scholarly writing sample (minimum of 750 words), preferably on a theatre or dance topic
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Elaborate on your academic, artistic, and/or professional interests and goals specific to the program of study you wish to pursue
    • Briefly describe the aspects of your background relevant to your interest. This could include your undergraduate studies, previous graduate study, and/or professional work.
  • Sample of Artistic Work
    • Please submit one original full-length play or long one-act play that best represents your work. Collaborations, adaptations, screenplays, television scripts, and musicals will not be accepted. Upon review, applicant may be asked to attend a live interview with faculty. y. 

Tuition Estimator



Required courses - 39 hours

THA 5300 Dramatic Analysis
THA 5301 Playwriting I
THA 5302 Playwriting II
THA 5307 Performance Lab I
THA 5313 Dramatic Criticism
THA 5321 Playwriting III
THA 5322 New Script Production
THA 5323 Theatrical Collaboration
THA 5328 Special Problems in Playwriting
THA 5341 Seminar in Dramatic Theory
THA 5350 Seminar in Theatre Research Methods
THA 5351 Mentoring Community Outreach in the Arts
THA 5372 Dramaturgy

Electives - 15 hours, to be selected from:

THA 5308 Advanced Performance Lab II
THA 5309 Seminar in Theatre History
THA 5311 Advanced Directing
THA 5312 Theatre Management
THA 5316 Marketing the Arts
THA 5317 Funding the Arts
THA 5318 Advocacy for the Arts
THA 5321 Playwriting III (may be repeated for credit)
THA 5328 Special Problems in Playwriting
ENGL 5350 Studies in Drama
ENGL 5370 Studies in Creative Writing
EM&C 7000 Independent Study in Writing Film or TV Scripts

Online Catalog Information

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Contact your Advisor

With questions concerning graduate admissions and portfolio reviews.

Abigail Wright
Graduate Admissions Coordinator