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  • MFA in Acting Admissions Requirements

    Priority Application Deadline*

    • Fall: May 1

    *Or until the cohort is full. To determine if space is available, please contact the Admissions Office at or 757.352.4243.

    Admissions Process

    Scroll down to review each portion of the application process, or use the links below to go directly to a specific step.

    Note: Your application to the graduate School of Communication & the Arts will be complete when you have submitted all of the above items.

    Step 1: Schedule An Audition

    An audition is required for those interested in the MFA in Acting
    prior to beginning the admissions process. Once all auditions are completed, individuals will be selected by faculty to join the program and letters of invitation will be mailed. If you receive a letter of invitation, you may continue with Step 2. View audition dates.

    Step 2: Application

    Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

    Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

    Step 3: Application Fee

    For those invited into the MFA in Acting program the $50 application fee is waived. Invited candidates are encouraged to email when the application is submitted and the admissions team will process an application fee waiver on your behalf.

    Step 4: Official Transcripts

    An official transcript from each institution you have attended is required. We are excited to offer you the service of requesting transcripts on your behalf using our Transcript Request Form.

    * Please be aware that there are certain institutions from which we cannot request transcripts, including international institutions. You will be notified if we are unable to request your transcript.

    Step 5: Recommendations

    Submit our online recommendation forms to provide us with contact information for each of your recommendations. We will use this information to contact each recommender and provide them with the appropriate recommendation form.

    Step 6: Current Resume

    Provide a professional résumé of employment and accomplishments. Email to or fax to 757.352.4394.

    Step 7: Writing Sample

    Your original essay should be at least 700 words (Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced). Be sure to justify your response with sound reasoning and references (MLA or APA stylebook preferred). Submit electronically to an admissions counselor at

    Compare/contrast four to six of the following elements (major themes, faith connection, use of language, characters, plot structure and imagery) of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman to one of the movies from the AFI's “Best Films” produced since 1985 listed below:

    Blue Velvet (1986), Hoosiers (1986), A Cry in the Dark (1988), Big (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Goodfellas (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), Unforgiven (1992), Groundhog Day (1993), Schindler's List (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Usual Suspects (1995), Toy Story (1995), Jerry Maguire (1996), Titanic (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Shrek (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and Finding Nemo (2003).

    Step 8: Personal Goals Statement

    Submit a Personal goals statement outlining how your goals align with Regent University and the program to which you are applying.

    Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.