Below are lists of graduate programs in Playwriting and Dramaturgy throughout the United States. Both lists include links to the web pages of the various programs.  This is not a comprehensive list. Also, some of this information may no longer be accurate. Please contact info@pwcenter.org if there is any information you find that needs to be rectified.

Playwriting Programs:

Arizona State University offers an MFA in Theatre with a Concentration in Dramatic Writing.

Augsburg College offers a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing with a Playwriting & Screenwriting Track.

Boston University offers an MFA in Playwriting through the College of Arts & Sciences in association with the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Brooklyn College offers a Playwriting MFA in their English Department.

Brown University offers an MFA in Playwriting.

California Institute of the Arts offers a Writing for Performance MFA.

California State University – Los Angeles offers an MFA in Television, Film, and Theatre with an Option of Dramatic writing.

Carnegie Mellon University offers an MFA in Dramatic Writing.

Catholic University of America offers an MFA in Playwriting.

Columbia University offers an MFA in Theatre Arts with a Playwriting Concentration.

Florida State University offers an MFA in screenwriting.

Fordham University offers an MFA in Playwriting.

Goddard College offers an low-residency MFA in Creative Writing in which you can study playwriting.

Hollins University offers a summer intensive MFA in playwriting.

Hunter College, CUNY offers an MFA in Playwriting.

Indiana University– Bloomington offers an MFA in Playwriting.

Julliard offers a graduate-level fellowship in Playwriting.

Lesley University offers a low-residency MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen.

Loyola Marymount University in LA offers an MFA in Creating, Writing, & Producing for TV as well as an MFA in Feature Film Screenwriting.

Louisiana State University offers an MFA in Creative Writing, with concentrations in Playwriting and Screenwriting.

New Hampshire Institute of Art offers a low-residency MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen

New School offers an MFA in Playwriting.

Northwestern offers an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Television.

Ohio University offers an MFA in Playwriting.

Pace University offers an MFA in Playwriting through the Actors Studio Drama School.

Pepperdine University offers an MFA in Writing for Screen and Stage.

Queens College, CUNY offers an MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation offering a degree in Playwriting.

Regent University offers an MFA in Script and Screenwriting for Cinema-Television.

Rutgers offers an MFA in Playwriting.

San Francisco State University offers an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, and both programs offer a focus in Playwriting.

Savannah College of Art and Design offers an MA in Playwriting and Screenwriting.

School of the Arts Institute of Chicago offers an MFA in Writing (which includes Playwriting and Screenwriting).

Smith College offers an MFA in Playwriting.

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale offers an MFA in Playwriting and a PhD in Playwriting 

Spalding University offers an MFA in Playwriting.

Temple University offers an MFA in Theater/Playwriting.

Texas State University – San Marcos offers an MA in Playwriting.

Texas Tech University offers an MA in Playwriting and Screenwriting.

Tisch School of the Arts, NYU offers three programs: a Noncredit Certificate in Dramatic Writing, an MFA in Dramatic Writing with concentration in Playwriting, Screenwriting, or Television, and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing.

U of Hawaii offers an MFA in Theatre with a Concentration in Playwriting.

UC Riverside offers a low residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

University of California – San Diego offers an MFA in Playwriting.

University of California – Los Angeles offers an MFA in Playwriting and Certificates in Feature Film and Television Writing.

University of Idaho offers both a traditional residential MFA and a unique Distance-delivered MFA in Dramatic Writing, plus a new accelerated MA-MFA conversion program

University of Iowa offers an MFA in Theatre with a specialty in Playwriting.

University of Missouri – Kansas City offers an MA in Theatre with an Emphasis in Playwriting.

University of Nebraska offers a low-residency MFA in Writing with a Playwriting track.

University of New Mexico offers an MFA in Dramatic Writing.

University of New Orleans offers a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing with a Drama Emphasis.

University of Southern California offers an MFA in Dramatic Writing.

University of Texas – Austin, Michener Program offers an MFA in Playwriting.

Wilkes University offers an MA in Creative Writing (Playwriting and Screenwriting tracks) and an MFA in Creative Writing.

Yale offers an MFA and a Certificate in Playwriting.


Dramaturgy Programs:

Bowling Green University offers a PhD in Theatre.

Brooklyn College offers an MA in Theater History and Criticism.

Columbia University offers an MFA in Dramaturgy and Theater Studies.

Cornell University offers an MA and a PhD in Theatre Arts.

City University of New York offers a PhD in Theatre.

Florida State University offers an MA, MS, and Phd in Theatre Arts, Dramatic Criticism, Theatre History, Dramaturgy.

Harvard University/ American Repertory Theatre offers an MFA in Dramaturgy.

Hunter College offers an MA Concentration in Dramaturgy.

Indiana University at Bloomington offers a PhD in Theatre History, Theory and Criticism.

Louisiana State University offers a PhD in Theatre, which includes performance, directing, and dramaturgy.

Ohio State University offers an MA and PhD Dramaturgy, Dramatic Literature, Dramatic Criticism, Theatre History.

Ohio University offers an MA in Theatre History and Criticism.

San Diego State University offers an MA in Theatre Arts with dramaturgical options.

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale offers a PhD in Dramaturgy.

State University of New York at Stony Brook offers an MA in Theatre with studies in theatre history, dramatic literature, and history of theatre and performance.

University of California at Davis offers a PhD in Performance Studies and the Department of Theatre & Dance focuses on history, theory and criticism of theatre and dance, and to performance as research doctoral study.

University of Colorado at Boulder offers an MA and PhD in Theatre History and Criticism.

University of Georgia offers a PhD in Theatre, which includes performance, directing, and dramaturgy

University of Iowa offers an MFA in Theatre Arts with a focus in Dramaturgy.

University of Kansas at Lawrence offers an MA and PhD in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism.

University of Massachusetts at Amherst offers an MFA in Dramaturgy.

University of Minnesota offers an MA and PhD in Theatre Historiography.

University of Texas at Austin offers an MA, MFA and PhD in Performance as Public Practice.

University of Washington at Seattle offers a PhD in Theatre History, Theory and Criticism through Theatre and Performance Studies.

Yale University offers an MFA and DFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism.

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