MFA in Acting

Delivery Format: On Campus

Total Credit Hours Required: 60

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

The Master of Fine Arts in Acting is a full three-year professional training program with the singular purpose of preparing actors to excel in a competitive marketplace. You will learn the time-tested techniques and the latest trends in contemporary actor training within the context of a faith-based curriculum. Through this program, you will be stretched and mentored through a rigorous, professional actor training program rooted in technique and hands-on experience.

  • Receive in-depth training in the Meisner Technique, stage fighting and screen acting.
  • Explore principles of auditioning, such as cold reading and improvisation, and navigating the business of acting, from headshots and resumes to interviewing and finding interim jobs on your path to professional acting.
  • Perform your major thesis role in a mainstage production during one of your final two semesters in residence.

Career Opportunities:

  • Theatre Actor
  • Film & TV Actor
  • Talent for Commercials/Industrials
  • Acting Instructor/Coach
  • Voice Over Artist
  • University Professor

Priority Application Deadline for 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:

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 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 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: Writing Sample

Submit electronically to an admissions counselor at using the subject line: SCA Master's Application Pieces.

In 750-1000 words, please write an essay about yourself, including your academic, professional and spiritual journeys, and explain why you want to pursue the MFA in Acting. In your essay, discuss your personal, professional and spiritual goals. How do you think this degree will prepare you for the theatre work God has planned for you? Write in a professional manner as we will evaluate this essay as your writing sample for admission.

At the bottom of your essay, please include the contact information (phone number, email and title) for two professional or educational references. These should be people who would be willing to provide our faculty with a verbal recommendation should they need to be contacted.


Step 6: Current Resume

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

Other items that may be submitted as supplemental, but not required, include:

•    Professional or Faculty Recommendations


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

Rates (2018-2019)

MFA in Acting Program

$895/credit hour

Course Infrastructure Fee


Technology Fee


Student Parking

$100/semester (on-campus students)

Council of Graduate Students

$15/semester (on-campus students)

Library Course

$50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)

Late Payment Fee


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