How to Apply

General Application Information

The University of Pittsburgh requires online applications for graduate programs. We recommend that you explore the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies, Graduate section of our site, and the online Graduate Handbook (PDF) when preparing your materials. Online applications will be available mid-October.

Admission applications for the Fall 2024 PhD program are now closed.

Admission applications for the Fall 2024 MFA class are now closed.

Before applying, please review the list of required materials for the PhD program and MFA program.

Financial Aid

In an effort to reduce financial barriers to attending graduate school, the Kenneth P. Dietrich Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers application fee waivers. Please note that fee waivers are approved on a case-by-case basis and not all fee waiver requests will be granted.  All requests received will be reviewed and responded to within 48 hours during normal business hours: Monday - Friday 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. EST.  To be considered for a fee waiver, please complete the following fee waiver survey for review.

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 information on the application process, please contact
LJ Woolcock
Graduate Student Administrator

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

MIchelle Granshaw
Director of Graduate Studies