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Master of Fine Arts
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About this Program

Overview

The 4-year Actor Training Program provides extensive training in acting, movement, voice, and additional aspects of the craft and integrates them into learning and interpreting a wide range of dramatic repertoire.

The Drama Division typically accepts 18 students per year comprised of 8-10 undergraduates and 8-10 graduates who will work through the four-year acting curriculum together as a group.

For more detailed information about the program, please visit the Drama Division webpage.

Eligibility

In order to be admitted as a Master of Fine Arts student, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent by the time you enroll
  • English language fluency

If you apply to this degree program and are denied admission, you can apply again. After two unsuccessful attempts, you are no longer eligible to apply.

Academic Requirements


The Juilliard School requires no specific courses, GPAs, standardized test scores, or class rankings for entry to this program. 

However, we will carefully evaluate your academic record and required essay to make sure you have the scholastic competence necessary to succeed in graduate-level course work. 

There are additional requirements for:

Criteria for Acceptance

In auditioning and interviewing potential students, the Drama faculty looks for the following qualities:

  • A serious commitment to an acting career in the professional theater
  • A potential for vital, individualistic, trainable growth—regarded as more important than the applicant’s present state of technical accomplishment
  • Energy, openness of mind, enthusiasm, and a readiness to take risks
  • A body, voice, and imaginative/emotional powers promising significant dramatic development
  • A generosity of spirit essential to ensemble playing
  • A sense of humor, a sense of language, a sense of rhythm, and a capacity for sustained concentration
  • A readiness for hard, rigorous work

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

Application Requirement Received-by Deadline
Online Application with Essay(s) December 1
Application Fee ($USD) or Fee Waiver December 1
Prescreening Materials December 1
Recommender Information December 1
Request for ADA audition accommodations December 15
Prescreening Notification/Live Audition Invitations Mid-December

The following are required only if you are invited to a live audition:

Live Audition Requirement Received-by Deadline
Recommendation Received 2 weeks prior to audition 
Scholarship & Financial Aid Application  March 1

The following are required only if you are invited to the Final Callback Weekend:

Final Callback Weekend Requirement Received-by Deadline
Official Transcripts March 15
SAT/ACT Scores (homeschooled applicants only)  March 15
Proof of English Language Proficiency March 15

An audition scheduling email, which contains a link to an online registration system, will be sent to applicants who are not prescreened upon submission of a complete application, including application fee or fee waiver documentation. You will schedule your own audition via the online system. 

Auditions have limited space, and some dates will fill to capacity. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you check your schedule carefully and register for your choice of audition date as soon as possible.

All details, including the exact location of the audition, will be available when registering for the audition.

Audition  Audition Date Time Capacity
New York Sun, Jan 20 8:15 AM FULL
  Fri, Jan 25 8:15 AM FULL
  Sat, Jan 26 8:15 AM  FULL
  Sun, Jan 27 8:15 AM FULL
  Thu, Jan 31 8:15 AM FULL
  Fri, Feb 1 8:15 AM FULL
  Sat, Feb 2 8:15 AM FULL
Chicago Mon, Feb 4  9:30 AM FULL
  Mon, Feb 4 2:30 PM FULL
  Tue, Feb 5 9:30 AM FULL
  Tue, Feb 5 2:30 PM FULL
  Wed, Feb 6 9:30 AM FULL
  Wed, Feb 6 2:30 PM FULL
  Thu, Feb 7 9:30 AM FULL
San Francisco Sat, Feb 9 9:30 AM FULL
  Sat, Feb 9 2:30 PM FULL
  Sun, Feb 10 9:30 AM FULL
  Sun, Feb 10 2:30 PM FULL
  Mon, Feb 11 9:30 AM FULL
  Mon, Feb 11 2:30 PM FULL
  Tue, Feb 12 9:30 AM FULL
Final Callback Weekend  March 15-17    

Audition Results

You will receive notification of your admission status (admit, wait list, or deny) through your application status page no later than April 1. Should you be admitted and enroll, your final official transcripts, indicating your graduation date, must be received by July 1.

Application Fee & Waivers

Application Fee

The $110 application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid through your application status page upon submission of your application. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received.

Fee Waivers

The inability to pay a college application fee should never be a barrier to applying to The Juilliard School.

Fee waiver requests are available for students who demonstrate significant financial need by the submission of one of the following:

  • If you are independent, copies of prior year tax forms
  • A letter on school stationery from your current college's Financial Aid Office stating that you have financial need of a fee waiver
  • A personal letter describing your financial situation

Fee waiver requests will be evaluated after you have submitted a complete application.

How to Upload

Fee waiver documentation must be uploaded directly within the online application and submitted by the appropriate deadline. Documents must be in either .doc or .pdf format. (Convert your file to another format if scanning your document as a jpg.)

Fee waiver requests are processed on an ongoing basis. There will be an application fee payment due on your application status page until either your request is approved or denied. You will receive an email with the results of your request as soon as it is processed.

If your request for a fee waiver is denied, you will be required to pay the application fee by the deadline. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received. 

Your Application Materials

Your Online Application

Your application must be submitted online by the appropriate deadline. To begin, create your Juilliard Admissions Account, gather all of the required application materials, and follow the instructions to complete your application.

Start your online application

Your Essay(s)

Juilliard’s Admissions Committee uses your essay(s) to learn more about you as an individual and gain a sense of who you are beyond your application, transcript, and audition.

Essay Requirements

  • 1–2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font
  • written in English (not translated from another language)
  • must be your own original work
  • submitted within the online application

Topic
Please write about why you have chosen to become an actor and your personal artistic goals. We encourage you to write frankly and openly about your life, your connection to your art, and how you see your art connecting to the world. Share your passion about people or politics or other art forms or about anything that speaks to you.

Additional Essay Requirements
Additional essays are required in each of the following circumstances:

Optional Essay
Should you have a special personal or academic history that you feel can explain an unusual circumstance - gap year, unusually low or poor grade in a semester or year, etc. - you have the option to submit an additional short essay.

Your Transcripts

Transcripts are an important component of the decision process. They help us determine if you have sufficient scholastic competence to succeed in course work at the level for which you are applying. Official transcripts must be received by the appropriate deadline.  

Definition of an Official Transcript

  • An electronic record of your academic progress, including grades earned, sent directly to admissions@juilliard.edu by a secure service (such as Naviance, eSCRIP-SAFE, or other system). Scanned, emailed, or uploaded copies are not considered official. 

    OR
     
  • A paper record of your academic progress, including grades earned, sent in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution(s) to the Juilliard Office of Admissions (mailing address below)

Please note that we do not accept transcripts sent via email.

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying in the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the appropriate deadline after you receive an official audition invitation
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current post-secondary coursework 
  • Report cards, grade reports, and other student records are not considered official transcripts

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying Outside the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the appropriate deadline after you receive an official audition invitation
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current coursework equivalent or similar to a US bachelor's degree (generally including at least 24 credits in liberal arts subjects)
  • If your transcript is not in English, we require the transcript in its original language as well as a certified translation
  • You will be notified if an official evaluation of your transcript is required in order to verify your academic level. Companies such as SpanTran WES , or ECE can provide this service for a fee

You may view the status of transcripts at any time by logging into your application account.

Hard copies of transcripts may be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Your Recommendations

In your application you will be required to identify a teacher, director, or coach who can discuss your work as an actor and provide a recommendation. 

The recommendation itself is not due until later in the application timeline. Your recommender will receive an email with a link to securely upload their letters to our application system. We will only accept recommendations received through our application system.

You may view the status of recommendations at any time by logging into your application account.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Forms

To be considered for financial aid and scholarship, you are required to submit the following items by the appropriate deadline:

US Applicants  International Applicants 
FAFSA CSS Profile
CSS Profile Parent Income Documentation 
Student Tax Forms   
Parent Tax Forms  

More information about our awarding policies can be found on the Financial Aid section of the website

For information about tuition, fees and expenses, please visit Student Accounts.

Your Pre-Screening

Pre-Screening Requirements

Prescreening Required
Prescreening is required as part of the online application if you currently reside outside of the United States and Canada. This requirement does not depend on citizenship status or permanent address and cannot be waived.

Prescreening Optional
If you reside in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, or Canada, you have the option to prescreen.

Prescreening Procedures

  • prescreening must be submitted as part of the online application, by the appropriate deadline
  • videos submitted outside of the online application (via email, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) will not be reviewed
  • incomplete or insufficient materials may affect consideration for an invitation to a live audition
  • if you reside within the 48 contiguous United States and your native language is English, you may not prescreen

Prescreening Notification

  • all prescreening decisions are final
  • if you receive unfavorable prescreening results, you will not be permitted to schedule a live audition
  • if you receive favorable prescreening results, you must attend a live audition in order to be considered for admission
  • an invitation to a live audition is not an offer of admission, nor is it a guarantee of a callback
  • prescreening materials are reviewed on a rolling basis by our faculty between September and December

Pre-Screening Content

Please record each of the following sections separately; professionally recorded video is not required. After the introduction, please film one of your monologues so that your entire body is visible. For the remaining monologue(s), you may choose whether to film full-body, close-up, or a combination of the two.

Section 1: Introduction

A brief introduction, filmed from the shoulders up. In the introduction, please clearly state:

  • Your first and last name as it appears on your application, as well as any other names you may use
  • Your current city and country of residence
  • What degree level you are applying for (BFA or MFA)
  • What pieces you will be performing (character, title of play, and playwright)

Section 2: Contemporary Monologue

  • Contemporary monologues may be taken from works spanning the time of Anton Chekhov to present day
  • No more than two minutes in length

Section 3: Classical Monologue

  • Must be in verse or blank verse, not prose
  • No more than two minutes in length
  • Possible classical selections include: Greek plays in verse translation, Lope de Vega, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, John Ford, Racine in verse translation, William Congreve, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Additional Monologue: Native Language

  • Required only if your first language is not English
  • Must be performed in your native language
  • No more than two minutes in length
  • If you have the capability to include subtitles in English in the video of your native language monologue, please do. However, if you do not have access to this type of video editing software, you will not be penalized (i.e., please do not purchase special software solely for this purpose)
  • You will also have the option to upload a document containing an English translation of your Native Language monologue.

Filming Recommendations

  • It is to your benefit to create the best possible conditions for filming
  • Carefully consider the space in which you are filming; ideally, the space has minimal distractions for the reviewer
  • Ensure there is adequate lighting
  • Be sure you are visible within the frame for the duration of the recording
  • Review your video before submitting to check for playback quality

Pre-Screening Type

Format
You are required to upload your files in a Video format. Acceptable file types include:

  • .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv

Please note that some .mov files use a codec which is not supported by the application. We recommend that .mov files be converted to another accepted format (.avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv) to avoid uploading difficulties.

Additional Requirements

English Language Proficiency

Definition
You are required to show proof of English language proficiency if your native language is not English - regardless of citizenship. The Juilliard School defines native language as the language first spoken as a child and the primary language spoken at home.

Exemptions
You are exempt from this requirement if both of the following are true:

  • you have attended an English language high school/secondary school for four years
  • you have or will complete a four-year undergraduate degree at an English language institution

Proving English Language Proficiency 

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. You may submit one of the following test types to prove your mastery of the English language. If your score falls below the minimum scores listed below, you should carefully consider whether or not to continue the application and audition process. We reserve the right to deny an audition based on scores that fall considerably below our minimum.

Test Type TOEFL  IELTS  PTE
Minimum Score  89 6.5* 60

*Academic test

The official test results must be sent directly from the testing company and received in the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline.

Interview Requirement

  • You may be required to participate in an interview on your audition day in order to demonstrate your fluency with the English language
  • You will be notified by the Admissions Office if an interview is required

InitialView
Juilliard also works with InitialView to measure language fluency. If you have already conducted an interview with InitialView, you are welcome to send it to us. However, this does not replace any of the requirements above. 

Transfer Applicants

Definition
You are considered a transfer applicant if:

  • You have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent 
  • You have attended at least one semester of full-time college study

Transcript Requirement

  • You are required to submit a transcript showing prior and current coursework from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • You are required to submit your high school transcript if you have completed fewer than two full-time semesters of post-secondary study

Essay Requirement
You must submit an essay explaining your decision to transfer from your current institution, in addition to the other required essays.

Program Length and Transfer Credits

  • You are required to study at Juilliard for all four years of the program

Formerly Enrolled Juilliard Students

Definition
You are considered a former Juilliard college student if you have not been in attendance during the previous academic year.  You must submit all required application materials, in addition to the requirements below. 

Essay
You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for resuming your studies or applying to another major at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by returning.

Transcript Requirements

  • You are required to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended after Juilliard
  • Transcripts are already on file from your time at Juilliard and do not need to be submitted

Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE).

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Currently Enrolled Juilliard Students

Online Application
You must apply if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are seeking to change majors
  • You are applying to a new program of study (changing your degree level)

Application Fee
As a currently enrolled student in the College Division, you are not required to submit an application fee as long as you submit your application by the appropriate deadline.

Essay
You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for continuing your studies at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by remaining at Juilliard.

Transcripts
As a current student, you do not need to provide your official transcripts, as they are already on file.

Prescreening Requirement
Prescreening is required only if both of the following are true: 

  • You are applying to a new major
  • The major to which you are applying is prescreened 

Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE).

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Applicants with Disabilities

The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of applicants with disabilities in the audition process. The School makes reasonable accommodations or adjustments for qualified individuals with known disabilities in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). 

Juilliard will not make pre-admissions inquiries as to whether or not a student has a disability; however, applicants with documented disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the audition process must notify the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services (OASDS) in writing by the appropriate deadline

You will be required to submit documentation of your disability to OASDS; this information will be kept strictly confidential. You must complete the following forms in order for the school to accommodate your specific needs:

  • Applicant Release of Disability Related Information Form 
  • Audition Accommodation Request Form

Auditioning for Juilliard

Live Audition Materials

  1. Four memorized monologues (two classical and two contemporary), each approximately two minutes in length. One of the classical selections must be from a play by Shakespeare. In the initial audition, we will ask you to present two monologues – one classical and one contemporary – of contrasting natures. The remaining two monologues are in reserve, in the event we need to see additional material. Please do not select monologues from monologue books and be prepared to answer questions about the entire play from which your selection is chosen.

    • Classical material must be in verse or blank verse — NOT PROSE. Possible classical selections include: Greek plays in verse translation, Lope de Vega, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, John Ford, Racine in verse translation, William Congreve, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

    • Contemporary selections may be from Anton Chekhov to present day.

  2. If you are invited to a live audition after passing prescreening, you are permitted to use the same monologues in the live audition that you prepared for prescreening.

  3. You should prepare 16 bars of any song (to be sung a cappella). If you are asked to sing, it is an opportunity for our faculty to find out information about your vocal range and instrument. Not all applicants will be asked to sing during the audition process and a trained singing voice is not required for admission.

  4. Answers to frequently asked questions about monologues may be found on the Monologue FAQs page.

  5. You are required to bring one copy of your resume to the audition.

  6. You are welcome to bring one photograph or headshot to the audition. Photographs are optional. The photograph or headshot does not need to be taken by a professional, nor is there any specific format for photographs. However, it is helpful if photographs are no larger than 8.5”x11”, so that they can fit into a standard file folder. 

  7. Resumes and photographs will not be returned to applicants, so please do not submit more than one copy of each at your audition. Please do not mail or email resumes or photos before your audition.

Live Auditions

Orientation and Warm-up

  • Your specific initial audition time will be assigned at check-in
  • As part of the audition, you are scheduled to take part in a group warm-up and orientation session
  • These sessions provide you with an opportunity to ask questions about the audition process as well as prepare vocally, physically, and mentally for your audition
  • If you audition in New York, there is limited individual warm-up space available

Audition

  • You will audition alone before a faculty panel comprised of instructors from the acting, voice/speech, and movement disciplines
  • You will be asked to present two monologues – one classical and one contemporary – of contrasting natures
  • Please be mindful of the length of your monologues; we kindly request that each monologue be limited to two minutes in length
  • Please wear comfortable clothing that permits freedom of movement

New York: First Round Callbacks

  • All callbacks take place on the same day as your scheduled audition
  • First round callback lists are posted periodically throughout the initial audition session
  • If you are selected to participate in first round callbacks, you should plan on being available for the remainder of the initial audition session (until approximately 2:30 p.m.)
  • During the callbacks, you may be asked to do any or all of the following: repeat your audition monologues, present additional monologues, and sing a cappella
  • If you do not receive a callback, you are no longer under consideration for admission

New York: Second Round Callbacks

  • Second round callbacks take place on the same day as your scheduled audition
  • The second round callback list is posted at the conclusion of first round callbacks (at approximately 2:30 p.m.)
  • If you are selected to participate in second round callbacks, you should be prepared to stay all evening
  • During the callbacks, you may be asked to do any or all of the following: repeat your audition monologues, present additional monologues, sing a cappella, do cold readings, and participate in group exercises and improvisations
  • Some individuals will be asked to stay after the callbacks for an interview with faculty
  • If you do not receive a second round callback, you are no longer under consideration for admission

Chicago & San Francisco: Callbacks

In Chicago and San Francisco, callback lists are posted at the conclusion of each audition hour both in the morning and afternoon sessions. If you are called back, you will be asked to return at 6 p.m. for the callback session, which lasts well into the evening. Please note that on February 7th and 12th, there will only be morning audition sessions and callbacks will begin at approximately 1 p.m.

Final Round Callback Weekend

  • Approximately 50 individuals will be selected from second round callbacks to come to New York for three days for a final callback round
  • If invited to the final callback weekend, you will work intensively with faculty and have the opportunity to speak to current students and discover more about Juilliard
  • Limited travel stipends for the final callback weekend will be available to applicants who demonstrate a high level of financial need
  • The incoming class of 18 students will be selected from this final callback session

Decisions & Enrolling

Decisions

There are three possible outcomes to the audition process:

Admit

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your talent and artistry as demonstrated in the audition 
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard 
  3. The Admissions Committee makes the final determination of who to admit based on their own evaluation, faculty recommendations, and the number of available openings in your major
  4. The Office of Admissions releases your decision letter

Waitlist

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your talent and artistry as demonstrated in the audition 
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard 
  3. You are placed on the waitlist because, although you are found admissable to the school, we have a limited number of openings
  4. Should a place become available, the Admissions Committee evaluates the waitlist, making offers of admission as necessary  

Deny
During the application process, there are three points at which you can be denied admission:

  1. As a result of prescreening
  2. At various points in the application and audition process
  3. Following review by the Admissions Committee 

A denial at any of these stages results in notification that you are no longer under consideration for admission.

These decisions will be posted to your application status page, as noted on the timeline. 

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Juilliard admits without considering your ability to pay. All monies awarded require completion of the scholarship and financial aid forms. To learn more about the awarding process, visit our Office of Financial Aid.

For information about tuition, fees and expenses, please visit Student Accounts.