APPLYING TO THE DOCTORAL PROGRAM

APPLICATION PROCESS | OUTLINE

1. online university application

Consult the Office of Graduate Admissions online at gradadmissions.stanford.edu/applying. For the 2022-23 academic year, the online applications will open mid-September. Applications are due Tuesday, November 30, 2021. The application must be submitted and all required supporting documents, including unofficial transcript(s), and letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

2. additional application materials

Stanford TAPS requires that you prepare certain written application materials to accompany your application, including:

  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. Artistic Statement
  3. Summary Of Production Experience & Resume/CV
  4. Sample of written work
  5. Transcripts from each college attended
  6. Three letters of recommendation

Specifics regarding all application materials can be found below under “Application Details.”

PLEASE NOTE: Stanford TAPS no longer requires the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for the Ph.D. application

 

3. after applying

Applicants may be contacted for follow-up information or an interview. Admission decisions for those applying will be communicated in March. The selection of Ph.D. students admitted to TAPS is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant’s academic record, the letters of recommendation, the statement of purpose and other required written materials, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE | NOVEMBER 30, 2021

To ensure careful consideration of your dossier, be sure that all materials have been uploaded successfully with your application by the application deadline.

 

KNIGHT-HENNESSY SCHOLARS

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates and supports a highly-engaged, multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across Stanford University, and delivers a diverse collection of educational experiences, preparing graduates to address complex challenges facing the world. Knight-Hennessy Scholars participate in an experiential leadership development program known as the King Global Leadership Program and receive funding for up to three years of graduate study at Stanford. Two applications must be submitted separately; one to Knight-Hennessy by October 6, 2021, 1 pm PST, and one to the Stanford graduate degree program by its deadline. Visit kh.stanford.edu to learn more and apply.

APPLICATION MATERIAL DETAILS

Please note that the following items must be uploaded through the online application system at the time you submit your application; mailed materials will not be accepted:

  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. Artistic Statement
  3. Summary Of Production Experience & Resume/CV
  4. Sample of written work
  5. Transcripts from each college attended
  6. Three letters of recommendation

QUESTIONS?

For questions regarding the application process, please contact the TAPS Student Services Officer, Katie Dooling, at kdooling [AT] stanford.edu

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APPLICATION MATERIAL SPECIFICS

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Stanford, your preparation for this field of study, research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. The Statement of Purpose should not exceed two pages (double spaced).

Artistic Statement

Provide the Committee with a brief (no more than 3 pages double spaced) description of your theoretical approach to production/artistic practice. Please be prepared to provide the committee with examples of your artistic practice should you be selected for the short list.

Summary of Production Experience & Resume/CV

Submit this information in list form, noting all significant work on productions including acting, directing, choreography, dancing, design, technical work, crew work, stage managing, devised theater, and the like. Include a statement indicating your engagement with live theater and performance.

Sample of Written Work

Submit one or two papers. No more than 25 pages total. For example, any analysis of a play, critical engagements with performance, or work on aesthetic theory. Titles of papers recently submitted include the following: “The Artificial Tradition: Escaping Representation,” and “Trapped in The Infernal Machine: Cocteau Seeks the Fourth Dimension.” We request that you do not send M.A. theses.

Transcripts

Upload transcripts from every institution you attended as a full time student for one or more academic years, as well as transcripts from degree programs in which you are currently enrolled. You will be uploading these to your online application via ApplyWeb. If you are offered admission to Stanford and accept the offer, you will be required to submit official transcripts that show your degree conferral. See this page for more details.

Letters of Recommendation

You must provide three letters and evaluations from faculty or others qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study. At least one letter and evaluation should be from a faculty member at the last school you attended as a fulltime student (unless you have been out of school for more than five years). Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your academic potential for graduate work. When applying online, you will be asked to submit the names, titles, addresses, institution or business names, and email addresses of your three recommenders, and they will be notified of how to upload their letters electronically.

After Applying

Applicants may be contacted for follow-up information or an interview. Admission decisions for those applying will be communicated in March. The selection of Ph.D. students admitted to TAPS is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant’s academic record, the letters of recommendation, the statement of purpose and other required written materials, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.