Applying to the Program


Application Deadline is December 31

Students from any discipline are welcome to apply. Applications from students with or without a Masters degree are considered.

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

On-line application

2) Transcripts:

Scanned copies of transcripts are now being accepted. Please refer to the Graduate School web site for full instructions on the process.

3) All of the following can be electronically sent with the on-line application:

  • three letters of recommendation, preferably from people who are familiar with your recent work.
  • a statement of purpose, which 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.
  • a critical writing sample, demonstrating your ability to do scholarly research. A term paper, portion of honors or MA thesis, or similar analytical expository work is preferred.
  • a theatrical resume may also be included, but is not required.

4) Scores:

  • official GRE scores. Verbal, quantitative, and analytic scores are all required. The Educational Testing Service will send official results directly to Northwestern University's Graduate School. Please use institutional code 1565.
  • official TOEFL scores for international applicants whose 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.

GRE: visit the Educational 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 score at least 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or 50 on a SPEAK test. These tests are administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and given at test centers worldwide.

6) 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.