Requirements and Deadlines
Deadline: Rolling Admissions
To apply you must create an account. Please go to the Fordham Interest Page to initiate the application process and receive your user name and password. Once you have created your user name and password, you will receive an email confirming your user name and password information. Your user name and password is used to sign on to the online application and VIP page. The VIP page contains information about the program you selected as well as other information.
The application fee is $70.00. The fee is waived for McNair Scholars, Peace Corps Volunteers, Fulbright Scholars, Project 1000 Scholars, and Members of the U.S. Military. Please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Letters of Recommendation 3 from former professors or employers (submitted electronically; if hard copy, each must be sealed & signed across the seal). At least 2 letters of recommendation are accepted.
- Statement of Intent (maximum 500 words, submitted electronically via the online application). Place your name on all pages of your Statement of Intent
- GREs are not required for admission to the program
- Official Transcripts Request your college/university transcripts now so you can have them sent (sealed from the college/university) to the Admissions office at the address below by the deadline date.
Fordham University | GSAS | Keating 216 | 441 East Fordham Road | Bronx, NY 10458
Attention: International transcripts must be translated into English and converted to the U.S. grading system of 4.0 G.P.A. (Grade Point Average). Transcripts and credentials conversion could be submitted to one of the following for evaluation:
Please note that all application requirements (excluding the playwriting portfolio) need to be received at GSAS Admissions by the deadline date. The playwriting portfolio should be sent to Matthew Maguire at the address below. Any additional materials not submitted electronically (transcripts & recommendations) should be sent to Fordham's GSAS Admissions Office at the address below. Do not send hardcopy duplicates of materials that you submitted electronically - that will delay your application process.
With the exception of the playwriting portfolio send materials to:
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Keating Hall 216
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Please send only your playwriting portfolio to:
Director, Fordham University/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting
Department of Theatre and Visual Arts
Fordham College at Lincoln Center
113 W. 60th Street, Room 423F
New York, NY 10023
Playwriting portfolio requirements:
- Cover Letter
- Two plays (at least one should be full length)
- Bachelor’s degree
- Playwriting portfolio
Additional Resources and Information:
Other Options for Classes
- Official TOEFL test results (for international students.
Visit the ETS website for more information or call 1-800 GO TOEFL.
Fordham's GSAS Institution code is 2259. Allow 4 - 6 weeks for scores to be processed and sent to Fordham.
- Application Review
The deadline date represents when all materials (transcripts, recommendations, excluding the playwriting portfolio) need to be received by GSAS Admissions to be reviewed
Give your recommenders ample time (at least one month) to submit their recommendations, therefore, enter the recommenders’ names as soon as you begin your application. They will be electronically notified of your request even before you submit your application
Your application is submitted when you see the "Submission Complete" screen. Submit your application well before the deadline date so your supplemental material can be uploaded. GSAS needs your submitted application to attach your material which will allow you to view receipt of material on the VIP page (via the application checklist)
Track the status of supplemental material received by the GSAS Admissions Office by checking your application checklist on the VIP page (application must be submitted to view the application checklist.)
- Admission Decision
Notifications of admission decision will be sent via email
If you have any problems filling out or submitting the application, click on the Technical Support link or call (800-526-3133).
Send any application questions to email@example.com
You need not enroll as an MFA candidate to take a class in this program. You may be a professional writer exploring playwriting, or an early-career BA or BFA playwright/screenwriter who wants exposure to a working, writing community. You are welcome in all courses. Hone your craft with professional playwrights and other artists committed to the theatre.
If you are interested in taking single classes print out the New Student Non Matriculating Form and follow the directions located at the top of the form
Semester "Abroad" in NYC
Take a semester abroad in New York City! Students at any MFA or equivalent program are welcome to enroll in this program for one or more semesters and earn credits from Fordham toward your degree. Enhance your graduate experience with a semester in the heart of the theatre industry. Train with the prestigious faculty of Fordham College at Lincoln Center and the pre-eminent Off Broadway theatre company, Primary Stages, while immersing yourself in the arts culture of New York City. It’s like no other program anywhere!
If you are interested in taking a semester "abroad" print out the New Student Non Matriculating Form and follow the directions located at the top of the form.