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 interview/portfolio reviews 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 audition, audition or interview/portfolio review.

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

Auditions and interview/portfolio reviews 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/portfolio review registration as soon as possible between September 1 and December 1, as some cities and dates fill early in the fall.

All School of Drama pre-screens, auditions or interview/portfolio reviews 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. For Acting and Music Theater applicants subsequently invited to an in-person audition based on their pre-screening submission, no additional fees will be required.

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.

All freshman applicants to the School of Drama are required to take either the SAT or ACT test.