• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cedar Falls, IA, United States
University of Northern Iowa's Department of Theatre is dedicated to the Liberal Arts education of those students who have a passion for theatre. We currently serve close to 130 majors and minors in a well-designed and well-equipped facility with three performance spaces.
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In conjunction with strong budgets and strong faculty, we use the classroom experience and productions to teach you the art, craft and process of communicating through theatre.

In April of 2014, the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre gained accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). NAST is the national accrediting agency for theatre and theatre-related disciplines and is made up of approximately 180 schools of theatre. The granting of accredited membership is a sign that an institution has met an external set of basic criteria for its programs. It also indicates an ability to provide a base of academic strength and operational integrity.


  • The Department of Theatre annually awards $65,000 in activity scholarships to its majors. First-year students and transfer students who intend to major in theatre are also eligible for scholarship awards. 
  • Entering freshmen with a 3.0 high school GPA or placing in the upper third of their graduating class are eligible to receive an activity scholarship. Awards range between $1,500 and $2,500. Incoming students compete for scholarships at our annual Scholarship Day. 
  • Conducted in early February, Scholarship Day provides incoming students an opportunity to meet and interview with theatre faculty. In addition, students are encouraged to showcase their talents for faculty through performance auditions and portfolio presentations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Performing Texts
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Interactive Digital Communication
  • Listening
  • Methods of Teaching Speech

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • A completed online application form
  • Non-refundable application fee of $50
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Educational transcripts from secondary school
  • A copy of the personal data page of your passport
  • A completed UNI Financial Statement and Certification form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    19480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8938 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8938 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cedar Falls

  • 1119 - 1740 USD/month
    Living Costs

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