Playwriting Programs

The following list is divided into four categories: “Undergraduate Playwriting Programs”, “Graduate Playwriting Programs”, “Doctoral/PhD Programs”, and “Other”. The programs below are sorted alphabetically by country, with the US separated into states and Canada into provinces.

And if you know of a program that’s missing from the list, you can always let us know!


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Undergraduate Playwriting Programs

Canada
England
Netherlands
USA

Graduate Playwriting Programs

Canada
England
Ireland
Scotland
USA

Doctoral/PhD Programs in Playwriting

USA

Other Playwriting Programs

Canada
USA


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Undergraduate Playwriting Programs

Canada

Manitoba

The University of Winnipeg – Theatre and Film: Playwriting Concentration, BA


England

Brunel University – Theatre and Creative Writing, BA

Royal Central School of Speech & Drama – Writing for Performance, BA

University of East Anglia – Drama and Creative Writing, BA

University of York – Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance, BA


Netherlands

HKU University of the Arts – (Dutch) Writing for Performance, Bth


USA

California

Santa Clara University – Theatre: Focus on Playwriting, BA

Georgia

Savannah College of Art and Design – Dramatic Writing, BFA

Illinois

Columbia College – Comedic Writing and Performance, BA

DePaul University – Playwriting, BFA

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Playwriting, Directing, & Dramaturgy, BFA

Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University – Theatre: Playwriting, BFA

Massachusetts

Smith College – Theatre: Playwriting Emphasis, BA

Missouri

University of Missouri – Theatre: Writing for Performance, BA

New York

Fordham University – Theatre: Playwriting Track, BA

Long Island University – Theatre: Directing and Playwriting, BFA

Brown University – Writing for Performance, BFA

North Carolina

University of North Carolina Charlotte – Theatre: Directing, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Writing, BA

Ohio

Ohio University – Playwriting, BFA

Texas

University of Houston – Playwriting/Dramaturgy, BFA

Washington

Western Washington University – Theatre: Dramatic Writing Concentration, BA


Graduate Playwriting Programs

Canada

Alberta

University of Calgary – Drama: Playwriting Specialization, MFA

British Columbia

Univerisity of British Columbia – Creative Writing and Theatre, MFA

University of Victoria – Creative Writing: Playwriting Genre, MFA


England

Falmouth University – Writing for Script and Screen, MA, PGDip *online*

Goldsmiths University of London – Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance, MA

Royal Central School of Speech & Drama – Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media, MA/MFA

Royal Holloway University of London – Playwriting, MA

St Mary’s University – Playwriting, MA, PGDip, PDCert

University of Leeds – Writing for Performance and Digital Media, MA

University of the Arts London – Performance: Writing, MA

University of Essex – Playwriting, MA


Ireland

National University of Ireland, Galway – Playwriting and Dramaturgy, MA

Trinity College Dublin – Playwriting, MFA

University College Dublin – Writing for Stage and Screen,  MA


Scotland

University of Glasgow – Playwriting & Dramaturgy, MLitt

University of Edinburgh – Playwriting, MSc


USA

Arizona

Arizona State University – Dramatic Writing, MFA

California

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy – Writing for Theatre and Media, MFA

UC San Diego – Theatre: Playwriting, MFA

UCLA – Playwriting, MFA

USC, School of Dramatic Arts – Dramatic Writing, MFA

Connecticut

Yale School of Drama – Playwriting, MFA

Georgia

Savannah College of Art and Design – Dramatic Writing, MFA

Illinois

Northwestern University – Writing for the Screen and Stage, MFA

Southern Illinois University – Playwriting, MFA

Indiana

Indiana University – Playwriting, MFA

Iowa

The University of Iowa – Theatre: Playwriting, MFA

Massachusetts

Boston University – Playwriting, MFA

Smith College – Playwriting, MFA

New Jersey

Rutgers University – Playwriting, MFA

New Mexico

The University of New Mexico – Dramatic Writing, MFA

New York

Columbia University – Theatre: Playwriting Concentration, MFA

Fordham University – Playwriting, MFA

Hunter College – Playwriting, MFA

Long Island University – Theatre: Playwriting, MFA

NYU: Tisch School of the Arts – Musical Theatre Writing, MFA

Ohio

Ohio University – Playwriting, MFA

Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University – Dramatic Writing, MFA

Temple University – Playwriting, MFA

Rhode Island

Brown University – Playwriting, MFA

Texas

Texas Tech University – Theatre: Playwriting Track, MFA

Washington D.C.

The Catholic University of America – Playwriting, MFA


Doctoral/PhD Programs in Playwriting

England

University of Essex – Playwriting, PhD


Other Playwriting Programs

Canada

Québec

National Theatre School of Canada – Playwriting, Artist Diploma


USA

New York

The Juilliard School – Playwriting, Artist Diploma


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