Master of Fine Arts in Directing (MFA)

NOTE: The University of Portland M.F.A. in Directing Program will no longer be taking applications.

Program Highlights

  • Develop a solid knowledge base in the primary elements of the theater: acting and actor training, dramatic literature and history, and production design
  • Accredited by the National Association of the Schools of Theatre 
  • Students work closely with the graduate program director to design a curriculum that supports their personal abilities, interests, and professional goals
  • Graduates have directed productions in professional and community theater, founded their own companies, and directed theater programs at high schools, colleges, and universities 

For additional program specific information, visit the College of Arts and Sciences: Performing Arts

Admission Requirements:

  • Statement of Goals
  • MFA in Directing Writing Prompt
  • Current Resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • All completed recommendation forms and letters should either be emailed as a signed attachment to or sent via mail to ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.,Portland, Oregon 97203, directly by the reference
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution or in a sealed envelope given to the applicant directly from the academic institution
    • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland is required
      • International Applicants: All foreign degrees will be evaluated by International Student Services prior to an admissions decision  
    • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow the above guideline as well as be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic 
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Adequate undergraduate preparation in dramatic literature and theatre and/or significant practical experience in theatre
  • International Applicants: Proof of financial support will be required to attend the University of Portland, but is not required for application review 

International Applicants

  • Please note the additional application requirements listed above in the "Admission Requirements" section
  • For additional information, please visit International Student Services