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Department of Theatre and Dance

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To Apply for Undergraduate Admission

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions manages online applications to the university and provides the most comprehensive information on the application process. The admissions office also provides the latest information on application deadlines and university scholarships for S.C. residents and nonresidents. So whether you are applying as a freshman, are looking to transfer to South Carolina, or are planning to come to Columbia from another UofSC campus, you can check the requirements based on your current status and apply now.

To Apply for Graduate Admission

MFA Degrees

Applicants for the Master of Fine Arts in Acting, Design (Costume, Scenic, or Lighting) or Directing must first be accepted into their program by department faculty through an audition or design portfolio review and interview. Once accepted into the MFA program, all candidates must then submit an official online application to the USC Graduate School.

To find out specific requirements for admission for your field, explore the degree pages on this website or contact:

MFA Acting Erica Tobolski 803-777-5242
MFA Acting Lauren Wilson 803-576-7936
MFA Scenic Design Nic Ularu 803-777-6892
MFA Lighting Design or Directing Jim Hunter


MFA Costume Design Kristy Hall


MA/MAT Degrees

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Theatre or Master of Arts in Teaching Theatre degrees must apply through the USC Graduate School.  Use the links below for information on application requirements for each degree or contact the appropriate program head.

MA in Theatre Amy Lehman  803-777-6352
MAT in Theatre Peter Duffy 803-777-1277


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