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BFA, Drama/MA, Performing Arts Administration

NYU Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is collaborating with the NYU Tisch School of the Arts to offer a dual-degree program that allows you to earn a BFA in Drama and an MA in Performing Arts Administration in only five years of study. This unique program combines the benefits of comprehensive conservatory training at the undergraduate level with a professional education at the graduate level. You'll take courses that develop your awareness of the changing dynamics of the arts administration field and build skill sets that are in demand, preparing for a leadership role in national and international performing arts organizations. 

Only students currently enrolled in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Drama BFA program are eligible to apply to this dual-degree program. Current Tisch BFA students should apply in their junior year.  

A standalone MA in Performing Arts Administration is also available. 

Degree Name: Performing Arts Administration MA and Tisch BFA in Drama – Dual Degree (listed under Dual Degree Programs – Current NYU Undergraduate Students ONLY in application)

Academic Plan Code: AAPD

Degree: BFA and MA

Credits: 158 (BFA and MA combined)

Academic Load: Full-time

Application Deadlines
Summer: n/a
Fall: February 1

Program Information
Program Website | 212-998-5424

Admissions Requirements

Prior to submitting an application, candidates should obtain a B+ or higher in the THEA-UT 685 Leading and Managing Theaters in a Global Context course and a recommendation from its course instructor, Professor Elizabeth Bradley. 


How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions.


Not required.

Proficiency in English
Candidate Eligibility

Only students in their junior year who are currently enrolled in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Drama BFA are eligible to apply.

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.