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Graduate domestic and international applicants

Music programs

The application for Conservatory degree programs in Music includes several specific requirements.

  • Music resume or CV: Please list all relevant music experience such as ensembles, schools, teachers, performances and awards.
  • Two references: List the names and contact information of your references, and the application system will send an email to them requesting that they submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  • Other materials as they apply to your desired program. If your program requires a special submission such as composition portfolio, prescreening recording or writing sample, you will upload this directly to the application.
  • Audition date selection: If an audition is required by your program, select one of the three scheduled audition dates on your application.

All programs

Transcripts and test scores may be sent in after the December Conservatory application deadline but must be received by UMKC Admissions by Feb. 1. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions through Parchment, National Student Clearing House, SCOIR or eScrip-Safe.

Where to have transcripts sent

By mail
UMKC Office of Admissions
Administrative Center
5115 Oak St., Room 120
Kansas City, MO 64112

By secured email
umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu

Graduate domestic application   Graduate international application

Questions about applying to UMKC as a graduate domestic student? Call UMKC Admissions at 816-235-8652 or email Admissions.

Questions about applying to UMKC as a graduate international student? Call the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) at 816-235-1113 or email ISAO.

Requirements for graduate Theatre applicants

  • Admission to the UMKC School of Graduate Studies
  • Admission to the desired Theatre program
  • A Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from a recognized university or college. A student having a bachelor’s degree in another discipline may be admitted with a minimum of 18 hours in theatre courses. A student who does not have 18 undergraduate hours in theatre may make up the deficiency by taking theatre courses at UMKC. These courses will not be credited toward the requirements for graduation in the master’s program unless approved by the head of the Master of Arts program.

UMKC Theatre graduate programs have additional application requirements.

Please send two recommendation letters, your resume and a writing sample to:
ATTN: Dr. Felicia Londré
Department of Theatre 404 PAC
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Honorary Patricia McIlrath Street
4949 Cherry St.
Kansas City, MO 64110

Please use the letter of recommendation form (PDF).

In addition, call Dr. Londré at 816-235-2781 or email to schedule an interview.

For priority consideration for Fall semester admission to the Master of Arts in Theatre program, the UMKC application and transcripts must be received by the UMKC Admissions Office and supplemental application materials must be received by Dr. Londré no later than March 1. Late applications and applications for Spring admission will be considered only if the program has not exceeded its enrollment limitation. In the event that there are openings for the following Spring, application materials must be received no later than Nov. 1.

Students entering the master’s program may be asked to take a diagnostic examination in order to determine academic deficiencies and enable faculty to consult more effectively on planning the student’s program. Any deficiencies in undergraduate work must be made up in the first semester of graduate work, if possible, and no later than the first year. In order to continue enrollment in the Master of Arts in Theatre program, a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

URTA auditions

We will not be accepting a new Master of Fine Arts Acting class until Fall 2021. We are a member of the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA) and will be attending auditions in New York, Chicago and San Francisco in January and February 2020. Dates and information are on the URTA website.

Local audition preparation

In February 2021 we will be holding local auditions for our incoming Master of Fine Arts Acting class to begin in Fall 2021.

Audition details

Two contrasting (classical and contemporary) one-and-a-half to two-minute monologues.
OPTIONAL: 16 bars of a song performed a cappella or with recorded accompaniment. (A player will be provided.)
Please check back in Fall 2020 for further information.

Steps for admission

Prior to an offer into the Master of Fine Arts Acting program, the following materials must be received:
  • UMKC application and fee along with official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  • Three letters of recommendation, each with the letter of recommendation form (PDF).
  • A headshot, resume and statement of purpose, including a two-page essay. Page 1: The most memorable moment you’ve had in theatre. Page 2: A defining moment you’ve had in life unrelated to theatre.
Please send application materials and inquiries by email or mail to:

Stephanie Roberts

Department of Theatre 404 PAC

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Honorary Patricia McIlrath Street

4949 Cherry St.

Kansas City, MO 64110

 

URTA interviews

We are a member of the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA) and will be holding interviews in New York (Stage Management only) and Chicago. Dates and information are on the URTA website.

Steps for admission

  • UMKC application and fee along with official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  • Two letters of recommendation, each with the letter of recommendation form (PDF), to be sent to the professor in your discipline.
Submit resume and portfolio with “Attn.” to the appropriate professor and mail to:

Department of Theatre 404 PAC

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Honorary Patricia McIlrath Street

4949 Cherry St.

Kansas City, MO 64110

In addition, call or email the professor to schedule an interview.

Costume design

Lindsay W. Davis

816-235-6023

Lighting design

Victor En Yu Tan

816-235-2767

Scenic design

Gene Friedman

816-235-2773

Sound design

Tom Mardikes

816-235-2784

Stage management

Sadie DeSantis

816-235-2783

Technical direction

Adam Terry