Admission deadlines: Fall – February 15 (late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis)
Standardized Test Scores: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
Minimum scores for the program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 68
Recommendations required: Two (2) letters of recommendations, one professional and one academic.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your objectives, interests, and career plans. Also, discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.
Additional requirements: Applicants must upload a digital copy of a current theatrical headshot and a resumé to their applications. An audition is also required. To schedule, email
International applicants only: Please follow this link - - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Graduate Studies
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

For additional information about the admissions process visit the Columbian College  of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

202-994-6210 (phone)

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

59 credits in required courses.

ACA 6201Acting I
ACA 6202Acting II
ACA 6203Acting: Classical Comedy
ACA 6204Acting: Master Class
ACA 6205Topics in Classical Drama and Culture
ACA 6206Topics in Classical Drama and Culture
ACA 6207Topics in Classical Drama and Culture
ACA 6209Text I
ACA 6210Text II
ACA 6211Voice and Speech I
ACA 6212Voice and Speech II
ACA 6213Voice and Speech III
ACA 6215Movement I
ACA 6216Movement II
ACA 6217Movement III
ACA 6219Alexander Technique I
ACA 6220Alexander Technique II
ACA 6221Alexander Technique III
ACA 6223Stage Combat I
ACA 6224Stage Combat II
ACA 6225Practicum I
ACA 6227Practicum III
ACA 6228Practicum IV
ACA 6229Audition Techniques
ACA 6595Selected Topics (taken twice)