Admission Process Overview


The School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon is a member of the Consortium of Conservatory Theater Training Programs. Pre-screening, auditions or interviews are required for students applying to Acting, Design/Production, Directing and Music Theater. Dramaturgy applicants must submit additional documentation as part of their application. All supplementary materials must be submitted by the December 1 deadline.

Guidelines for applying to the School of Drama

Submit the Common Application between August 15 and December 1. You must use your Common Application ID to register in Acceptd for a pre-screening aubmission, audition or interview.

The School of Drama requirements vary by major and should be submitted between September 1 and December 1. Acting, Music Theater, and Design/Production applicants must submit pre-screen materials. Directing applicants must register for an audition/interview. Dramaturgy applicants do not have an audition/portfolio review requirement but must submit additional documentation by December 1.

Auditions and interviews fill on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available to Carnegie Mellon applicants. We encourage students to apply and then initiate a pre-screening, audition or interview registration as soon as possible between September 1 and December 1.  Please note some schedules will not be available until November 4 due to COVID-19.

All School of Drama pre-screens, auditions or interviews have a $115 fee, due at the time of online registration. However, if you've qualified for a fee waiver under the Common Application guidelines, you can also have your Drama fee waived. No additional fees will be required for applicants invited to an audition or interview.

The Regular Decision application deadline for the School of Drama is December 1. Additionally, Design/Production applicants have the opportunity to consider our Early Decision application plan, which has a November 1 deadline.

The SAT and ACT tests are optional for all applicants. If you choose not to submit test results, you'll be considered equally alongside those who do.