Pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree at Regent University.

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Sharpen Your Competitive Edge in Acting

The Master of Fine Arts in Acting is a three-year professional training program that prepares actors to excel in a competitive marketplace. You will learn both time-tested techniques and the latest trends in contemporary actor training within the context of a faith-based curriculum. You'll take two semesters of study each in the Sanford Meisner’s approach to acting, Scene Study (Practical Aesthetics), Screen Acting, Periods & Styles, Acting Shakespeare, and Combat for the Stage, including an SAFD Skills Proficiency Test in three forms. The program also includes a four-semester studio sequence in integrated Voice & Movement (Linklater, Lugering, and dialects). The program culminates with Auditioning & the Business of Acting; a mainstage thesis role performed during the final year, and an industry showcase.

Enhance Your Expertise

Receive in-depth training in the Meisner technique, stage fighting and screen acting.

Advance your Career

Explore principles of auditioning and navigating the business of acting, from headshots and resumes to interviewing.

Gain Practical Experience

Perform your major thesis role in a mainstage production during one of your final two semesters in residence.

Establish Your Reputation

Enhance your professional credentials with an MFA degree.

On Campus in Virginia Beach

8-Week Course Sessions

Scholarships Available

On Campus




Take Your Career to the Next Level

On completing the MFA in Acting degree, you will be able to:

  • Analyze texts for film, television, or theatrical production.
  • Apply the Meisner technique in your acting.
  • Apply both, aesthetic and safety principles involved in combat for stage.
  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of acting in periods and styles, voice and movement, and screen acting.

Career Opportunities

  • Theatre actor
  • Film & TV actor
  • Talent for commercials/industrials
  • Acting instructor/coach
  • Voice over artist
  • University professor

12% Projected growth in employment of actors (2016-26). - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Click any section below for additional information or access your course schedule.

2020-2021 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.


Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, June 21

Admissions Process:

Step 1: Schedule an Audition

An audition is required for those interested in the MFA in Acting prior to beginning the admissions process. View audition dates and requirements. 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 below.

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 comadmissions@regent.edu when the application is submitted and the admissions team will process an application fee waiver on your behalf.

Step 4: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*

We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master's Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 5: Complete Your Academic Background Questionnaire

In lieu of the previously required writing sample, please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objective with our programs. The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an admissions counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 6: Current Resume

Provide a theatrical resume of theatre/film/television roles and production history. Email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master's Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4394.

Step 7: Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

Step 8: Recommendation Letters (Optional)

Professional or Faculty recommendation forms may be submitted as supplemental items, but are not required.

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

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

MFA in Acting

$895 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

Course Infrastructure Fee $395/course
University Services Fee (On-Campus Students) $700
Library Course $50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)
Late Payment Fee $100

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

MFA in Acting

$895 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

Course Infrastructure Fee $395/course
University Services Fee (On-Campus Students) $750
Library Course $50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)
Late Payment Fee $100

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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