General Application Requirements

All Tisch graduate applicants must submit the General Tisch Graduate Application in order to be considered for admission, in addition to whatever creative portfolio or audition requirements needed for their specific program of interest.

Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the Graduate Admissions staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. It is strongly urged that applicants DO NOT send any hard copies of application materials - transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. - via physical mail or courier services. We ask that copies of all materials be uploaded directly to the application in the appropriate sections or sent via email to 

The following materials must be uploaded or submitted with the general application: 

  1. Copies of academic transcripts from any schools in which you received a college degree or attended for two or more years.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from academic, artistic or professional references 
  3. Professional or artistic resume 
  4. Personal statement                                                                                   

In addition, applicants to the Arts Politics, Cinema Studies, Moving Image Archiving & Preservation or Performance Studies programs must also submit an academic writing sample with their application.

The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is not required for admission. The MFA program in Game Design will accept GRE scores if they are submitted with the application, but it is completely optional and applications to Game Design that do not have GRE scores will not be penalized in any way.

Please visit the departmental website for the program you are interested in for more information on creative portfolio, audition or academic writing sample requirements.

Along with the above requirements, international students also must follow the requirements as outlined in our International Application Requirements page.

There is a $65 application fee paid at the end of the general application. The fee can be paid by credit card or e-check. 

*Note - The fee for the MFA Graduate Acting program is $100, which covers the application and audition fees. 

Applicants for whom the application fee poses a hardship can request a waiver by sending an email to Director of Graduate Admissions Joe Miserendino ( In your email be prepared to explain the nature of the hardship and provide evidence supporting your request for a waiver.