Texas Tech University

Theatre & Dance Admissions

Undergraduate Admission Procedures

To apply to the School of Theatre & Dance, an applicant must:

First-Time Freshman:

  • Apply to Texas Tech University on ApplyTexas.

  • Have an official high school transcript (showing GPA and class rank) and SAT or ACT scores sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

Transfer Students:

  • Apply to Texas Tech University on ApplyTexas.

  • Provides official transcript(s) from all institutions in which they have been or are enrolled.

  • Must be eligible to return to the institution most recently attended.

  • Provide an official high school transcript.

Supplemental Application Requirements:

BA & BFA Dance: Pre-screen materials should be uploaded to the Acceptd application.On-campus auditions held every fall and spring semester. For more information contact dance.info@ttu.edu.

BFA Theatre Arts:

Acting: On-campus auditions held every fall and spring semester. Pre-screen materials should be uploaded to the Acceptd application. Attendance at satellite auditions may replace the on-campus audition requirement.

Design/Technology: Pre-screen materials should be uploaded to the Acceptd application. An interview with the Design faculty prior to or during the first year of study at Texas Tech.

Musical Theatre: On-campus auditions held every fall and spring semester. Pre-screen materials should be uploaded to the Acceptd application. Attendance at satellite auditions may replace the on-campus audition requirement.

For further information, please contact:

Beth Scheckel, Undergraduate Advisor
School of Theatre and Dance
Texas Tech University
Box 42061
Lubbock, TX 79409-2061
(806) 834-5291

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. The Graduate School will notify applicants when their applications are complete; when they have been referred to the School of Theatre and Dance for consideration; and when an admissions decision has been made.

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

        • Provide transcripts of all previous college-level study

        • Provide all required supplemental materials

Supplemental materials will include the following:

    • CV/resume

    • Statement of purpose for graduate studies:

        • 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 in applying to this program. This could include your undergraduate studies, previous graduate study, and/or professional work.

        • 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. Describe your interest in the interdisciplinary core curriculum of our doctoral program.

    •  A scholarly writing sample (a minimum of 750 words), preferably on a theatre or dance topic. PhD applicants: please submit 10-30 pages of your best research or academic writing

    • Sample of artistic work (MFA and MA Dance Studies applicants only – please see below for more details*)

    • Official GRE score report (MA Theatre Arts and PhD applicants only; optional for Spring & Fall 2021 admission)

    • 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from sources in theatre or dance

    • Payment of required application fee

MFA and MA Dance Studies applicants must submit a sample of their artistic work relating to the area of study they wish to pursue: 

    • MFA | Performance & Pedagogy
      Please submit a link to your 1-2-min. video audition with two contrasting monologues. Upon review, applicant may be asked to attend a live callback and interview with faculty (virtual for 2020-2021 admissions season, ordinarily in person).

    • MFA | Playwriting
      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 (virtual for 2020-2021 admissions season, ordinarily in person).

    • MFA | Design
      Please submit a portfolio of your design work (website with archive, photos in portfolio format, etc.). Please do not submit original renderings. Upon review, applicant may be asked to attend a live interview with faculty (virtual for 2020-2021 admissions season, ordinarily in person).

    • MFA | Arts Administration
      Optional: please provide material(s) or further information related to projects you have created or developed in an administrative role. Upon review of application, applicant may be asked to attend a live interview with faculty (virtual for 2020-2021 admissions season, ordinarily in person).

    • MA | Dance Studies
      Please submit a link to your 2-5-min. video of a sample dance class or performance of your choreography. Edited reels will not be accepted. Upon review, applicant may be asked to attend a live interview with faculty.

Important Dates & Deadlines:

October 1, 2020
Graduate admissions open: faculty will begin review of submitted applications

October 24, 2020
Live callbacks for selected MFA–Performance & Pedagogy applicants

January 11, 2021
Deadline to apply for Fall 2021 admission to MFA–Performance & Pedagogy and MFA–Playwriting programs

February 1, 2021
Deadline to apply for Fall 2021 admission to MA Theatre Arts, MFA–Design, MFA–Arts Administration, PhD programs with funding assistance

February 2021, TBD
Live callbacks for selected MFA–Performance & Pedagogy applicants

March 1, 2021
Final deadline to apply for Fall 2021 MA Theatre Arts, MFA–Design, MFA–Arts Administration, PhD programs

March 5, 2021
Deadline to apply for Summer 2021 admission to MA Dance Studies program

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

Sarah Midgley, Graduate Admissions Coordinator
School of Theatre and Dance
Texas Tech University
Box 42061
Lubbock, TX 79409-2061

(806) 834-5405