Graduate Application Process

The University of the Arts seeks students who have achieved strong academic records and demonstrate talent in their chosen creative disciplines.

Admission decisions for all applicants are based primarily on prior academic achievement and artistic presentation (portfolio, audition, interview and/or writing sample). Admission is selective and is based on a comprehensive assessment of each applicant’s individual potential.

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We are here to help you during every step of the application process. Please contact us at or 800-616-2787 or 215-717-6049.

Graduate Application Requirements

Completed Application Form (online or paper)

Students must complete either the online application form, or download and mail our paper application form.

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Application Fee

Submit your non-refundable $60 application fee (instructions provided within the application). The fee is waived for all UArts graduates.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate schools attended are required. Transcripts should be issued directly by the Registrar's Office at the college(s) or school(s) attended and sent to:

Office of Admissions
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

For transcripts from outside the United States, please refer to the instructions in the transcript section for international students.

3 Letters of Recommendation

All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. At least two of these must come from professors in your field or professional in this major area who are familiar with your capabilities and credentials. The third recommendation could be from a colleague, collaborator or a peer who is familiar with your work and can speak about you qualities in your chosen field of study.

Letters of recommendation may be digitally requested by providing the contact details of three recommenders when you complete your online application, or may be sent directly to:

Office of Admissions
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Or via email to

Statement of Purpose

All Art & Design and Music applicants must submit a one- to two-page statement of professional plans, interests and goals. Devised Performance applicants must submit a two-page written statement expressing your interest in physical and devised theater training; how you intend to engage in the work and how this study will influence your future work and artistic career. This essay should also include a summary of your self-assessment - strengths and weaknesses – as a creator, collaborator and performer. Please use specific examples from previous collaborative experiences, noting work for which you have been a leading artistic voice. Please address your capacity to change, your openness to new ideas and receptiveness to criticism, again using specific examples from past theatre experiences.

All statements should either be submitted with the online application, or sent to:

Office of Admissions
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Or via email to

Resume & Additional Materials

All graduate students must submit a resume or CV which details academic and professional experience and accomplishments relevant to their field of study. Applicants for the MFA or Certificate in Devised Performance should also submit a headshot.

Resumes should be submitted to:

Office of Admissions
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Or via email to

Audition / Portfolio Requirements

The University of the Arts seeks students who demonstrate talent and potential in their chosen creative discipline. Therefore, all programs require a portfolio, writing sample, audition and/or interview as part of the application for admission. These evaluations are used to determine acceptance into a program of study, as well as eligibility for merit-based scholarships. For complete requirements by degree program, please visit our Graduate Audition / Portfolio page.

GRE Scores (optional)

GRE scores are encouraged, but not required, for all programs. To register for the GRE, go to Educational Testing Service at We will accept both the old and new GRE. Official test scores must be sent by ETS to the University. The correct institution code to use when requesting scores is 2664. You do not need a departmental code.

MEd Application Requirements

Students applying for the Master of Education in Educational Program Design program, Master of Education in Educational Technology program or Graduate Certificate programs in Educational Technology, Literacy, Inclusion or the Arts will find more information on UArts' Continuing Studies website.

International Applicants

UArts welcomes applicants from abroad. Our international students hail from over 30 countries and make up more than 6% of all students at UArts. Philadelphia is a thriving and international city which is also close to other east coast hubs like New York, Washington DC and Baltimore. Please visit the International Applicant page for full details and requirements.

Important Dates

Rolling Admissions
The University of the Arts accepts applications on a rolling, space-available basis. There is no deadline for admission consideration. Students wishing to be considered for financial aid may need to consider priority FAFSA filing dates. Please visit the Scholarship & Financial Aid section of our website for information on when to file.

Spring Enrollment:

  • MAT in Visual Arts Education
  • MAT in Music Education
  • MM in Jazz Studies
  • Diploma in Jazz Studies
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crafts

Summer Enrollment:

  • MFA in Studio Art
  • MM in Music Education

Fall Enrollment:

  • MA in Museum Communication
  • MA in Museum Education
  • MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning + Design
  • MDes in Design for Social Impact
  • MDes in Product Design
  • MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crafts
  • MM in Jazz Studies
  • Diploma in Jazz Studies
  • MFA in Devised Performance
  • Graduate Certificate in Devised Performance
  • MAT in Visual Arts Education
  • MAT in Music Education

Graduate Program Directors' Contact Information

Crafts (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate)
Rod McCormick

Design for Social Impact (MDes)
James Savoie

Devised Performance (MFA & Certificate)
Quinn Bauriedel

Educational Program Design (MEd)
Educational Technology (MEd)

Sheila Watts

Jazz Studies (MM & Certificate)
Don Glanden
Interview will take place at the audition

Museum Studies:
+ Museum Exhibition Planning + Design (MFA)
+ Museum Education (MA)
+ Museum Communication (MA)

Polly McKenna-Cress

Music Education (MM & MAT)
Keith Hodgson

Product Design (MDes)
Hsin Wang

Studio Arts:
+ Book Arts + Printmaking (MFA)
+ Studio Art, Low Residency (MFA)

Cynthia Nourse Thompson

Visual Arts Education (MAT)
Rande Blank

Need Help? Contact Us:

Toll-Free : 800-616-2787 or 215-717-6049

Office of Admissions
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-9762