MA Admissions and Deadlines

University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process

The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean.  To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students.  International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance.  Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents.  Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.

THPF is the program code for both the MA and PhD programs in Theatre and Performance Studies. Be sure to indicate which degree for which you are applying.

January 17th is the School's deadline for best consideration for all MA and PhD applications, international and domestic. Friday, February 7, 2020 is the final deadline for all MA and PhD domestic and international applications. All applicants are automatically considered for a graduate/teaching assistantship. You can expect to be notified that you have been accepted or not accepted by mid-March. Offers of assistantships are generally made before April 1.  

Application requirements:

  • You must have earned a 4-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree earned at a non-U.S. institution with at least a 3.0 GPA.

  • Applicants for the PhD must also have earned MA or MFA degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree earned at a non-U.S. institution with at least a 3.0 GPA.

  • All International students must show evidence of acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). See information on the International Educational Services website for specific admissions requirements, including minimum TOEFL score.

  • Our MA and PhD programs also require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scores must be less than five years old. (Use institutional score reporting code 5814.)

    • We expect scores above the 80th percentile on the Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing portions of the exam. We do not consider the quantitative reasoning score in our admissions process.

      • Generally our successful applicants have GRE scores well above the 80th percentile but this is not always the case. In making determinations on admissions our committees consider many other factors including, but not limited to, the quality and source of the letters of reference, success in previous programs as indicated by transcripts, the strength of the researched writing sample, the interest generated in the faculty by the statement of goals, how the applicants research interests might have a synergy with the work currently being done by our students, the intellectual diversity the applicant might bring to the program.

Please be sure to include the following in your application:

  • 3 recommenders and their email addresses for the electronic recommendation forms to be sent to them

  • Your statement of goals, research interests, and experience. Please have this in a Word or pdf file that can be easily uploaded.

    • Please consider that we are a program of Theatre and Performance Studies and that our students study both areas, not one or the other. Include information on what attracts you to scholarship (as opposed to the professional training you might receive in an MFA program), what attracts you to our program (which faculty member or members would you most want to work with, for example) and what your primary research interests are. Consider too that we are dedicated to developing scholar/artists so indicate what practical areas your skills are in or how you hope to develop such skills while engaged in rigorous scholarly work. How might you use this degree in the future if it does not lead directly to a job in higher education?

  • A writing sample that shows your ability to do research.