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The Best Grad Schools for Acting 

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Updated November 7, 2019 1.8k votes 276 voters 7.4k views

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List of the best graduate schools for acting. These are the best acting programs that a college grad seeking a master's could dream of. Peruse and use this list of top graduate programs for theatre, whether you want to sing on a stage or tell a joke to the camera -- nothing can truly prep you for the Hollywood film and television universe like these acting schools. The next Broadway superstar is more likely than not going to come from the classrooms (or student stages) of these theater graduate programs. The best acting grad schools do not necessarily have campuses in the theater mecca of Manhattan or the showbiz wasteland of L.A., but if you are an aspiring performer who dreams of being a star in one or both of those two towns, then one of these performance programs is the place to start. If you did not major in acting while you were an undergrad, here is your chance to get a stellar degree from an even higher level of education. And if you already have a bachelor's in the performing arts or dramatic arts, the top acting programs in the country are ranked here for you to take full advantage of. So knock 'em dead and break a leg! (But don't take either of those phrases literally.) If you want to perfect your craft, learn from the best at one of the most prestigious acting conservatories in the country.
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New York University is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
New York City, New York, United States of America
New York, New York
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Yale University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
New Haven, Connecticut
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Juilliard School is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
JenME3 added New York City, New York, United States of America
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Brown University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
Providence, Rhode Island
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University of California... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
San Diego, California, United States of America
San Diego, California
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California Institute of ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
JenME3 added Santa Clarita, Valencia, California
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American Conservatory Th... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
California, United States of America
San Francisco, California
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University of Southern C... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Los Angeles, California
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Columbia University Scho... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
New York City, New York, United States of America
New York, New York
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University of Missouri, ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Kansas City, Missouri
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DePaul University is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Chicago, Illinois
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University of San Diego ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
San Diego, California, United States of America
San Diego, California
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The Boston Conservatory ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
JenME3 added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
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University of California... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
dapa added Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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University of California... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Irvine, California, United States of America
Irvine, Califonia
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University of Washington... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Seattle, Washington
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Syracuse University is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
JenME3 added Syracuse, New York, United States of America
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Boston University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
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Mason Gross School of th... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, New Jersey  
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University of Connecticu... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
SierraKane added Mansfield, Connecticut, United States of America
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Chapman University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
JenME3 added Orange, California, United States of America
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Brandeis University is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Waltham, Massachusetts, United States of America
Waltham, Massachusetts
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University of Central Fl... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Mikestage added Orlando, Florida, United States of America
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Wayne State University ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Michael Gray-Jordan added Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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Case Western Reserve Uni... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
Cleveland, Ohio