How to Apply

Deadlines and General Application Information

In response to the disruptions caused by the global pandemic, graduate programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh are pausing admissions for fall 2021.

This one-year intermission will enable us to devote our resources and attention to our continuing students. Graduate training and research are central to the mission of the Dietrich School and the Department of Theatre Arts. While we do not pause admissions lightly, in these uncertain times we are committed to optimally supporting our current students’ success and wellbeing.
If you seek to begin your graduate studies in the fall of 2021, we thank you for your understanding and wish you all the best in your endeavors. If you consider applying to our program for fall 2022, or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Michelle Granshaw

The University of Pittsburgh requires online applications for graduate programs. We recommend that you explore the Dietrich School of A.rts and Sciences Graduate Studies, Graduate section of our site, and the online Graduate Handbook (PDF) when preparing your materials. Before applying, please review the list of required materials for the PhD program and MFA program.

Financial Aid

For application information and deadlines, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

The department offers a number of assistantships and fellowships involving teaching, administrative and technical work, assistance to faculty members, and combined duties. The requirements established by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid must be met in order for students to be eligible for department teaching assistantships (TAs) and teaching fellowships (TFs). All students receiving TAs and TFs, receive a full aid package that includes tuition, health benefits, and a stipend. Doctoral students also are eligible for university fellowships, including the Provost’s Humanities Fellowship and K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship. See the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies for more details.

Note that the university assistantships and fellowships normally provide support for the eight months of the academic year only.

Current stipend rates for Graduate Student Assistants (GSA), Teaching Assistants (TA), and Teaching Fellows (TF)


For questions or information regarding the application process, please contact:

Josh Oliver
Graduate Student Services Administration

For questions or information regarding the Theatre Arts Graduate Programs, please contact:

Michelle Granshaw
Director of Graduate Studies