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Application Deadline December 31

Students from any discipline are welcome to apply for admission to IPTD. Applications from students with or without a Master’s degree are considered.

  1. Online Application: Application forms are electronically returned to the Graduate School, and double as requests for financial aid.

    Online Application

  2. Transcripts: Scanned copies of transcripts are now being accepted. Please refer to the Graduate School website for full instructions on the process.

    Transcripts Instructions

  3. Additional Documents: All of the following can be electronically sent with the online application.
    1. Three Letters of Recommendation: preferably from people who are familiar with your recent work.
    2. Statement of Purpose: assists the admissions committee in assessing your preparedness to undertake a serious course of study leading to new research. Thus, while it may be useful to know that you have varied experience, this should not just reiterate information on either an academic vita or professional resume. Focus on your goals for the future, reasons for wanting to undertake a doctoral degree, and an understanding of your project or areas of research interests.
    3. Critical Writing Sample: demonstrates your ability to write and to conduct scholarly research. A term paper, portion of honors or MA thesis, or similar analytical expository work is preferred. Samples should not exceed 25 pages.
    4. Diversity Statement: assists the admissions committee in assessing how you will add to the diverse student body which makes up our program and Northwestern University.
    5. Cluster Statement: demonstrates how participation in a specific cluster will benefit your future project or areas of research interests.

      Students in IPTD are de facto members of the Critical Studies in Theatre and Performance Cluster. Therefore, applicants should not select this cluster as an affiliation preference on their applications but, if appropriate, choose another related to their intended inter-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary research field. See more information on Interdisciplinary Clusters.
    6. Theatrical Resume: welcomed but not required.
  4. Test Scores:
    1. Official GRE Scores: verbal, quantitative, and analytic scores are all required. IPTD takes a holistic approach to the evaluation of GRE scores, considering them alongside many other factors rather than singling them out. The Educational Testing Service will send official results directly to Northwestern University’s Graduate School. Please use institution code 1565.
    2. Official TOEFL Scores for International Applicants: those who native language is not English. The Educational Testing Service will send official results directly to Northwestern University’s Graduate School. Please use institutional code 1565.

      Education Testing Service (ETS)

  5. International Students Certify English Proficiency: read more under Application Requirements: Test Scores from the Graduate School.

    International students wishing to be considered for teaching assistant appointments during any year of study in the Graduate School must fulfill The Graduate School’s English Proficiency Requirement. Student may do so in one of four of the following ways: 
    • Score of 26 or higher on the Speaking Section of the TOEFL iBT
    • Score of 65 of higher on the Versant English Test (only scores from tests administered at Northwestern will be accepted)
    • Score of 50 or higher on the SPEAK test (only scores from tests administered at Northwestern will be accepted)
    • Pass a teaching demonstration at the conclusion of Linguistics 480

    These tests are administered by the Education Testing Service (ETS) at test centers worldwide or administered by Northwestern University. For more information, please consult The Graduate School’s English Proficiency Policy. Northwestern provides English language training to admitted students who do not yet qualify for teaching assistantships. All admitted IPTD students qualify for research assistantships.

  6. Application Fee: Northwestern requires a one-time, non-refundable application fee at the time of submission. Certain students are eligible for an application fee waiver.  For more information, please consult The Graduate School Application Requirements.