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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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University of Missouri, Kansas... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Kansas City, Missouri

2
29 25
Juilliard School is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
JenME3 added New York City, New York, United States of America

3
42 40
New York University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
New York City, New York, United States of America
New York, New York

4
45 44
Yale University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
New Haven, Connecticut

5
31 29
Brown University is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
Providence, Rhode Island

6
32 31
American Conservatory Theater is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
California, United States of America
San Francisco, California

7
32 35
University of California, San ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
San Diego, California, United States of America
San Diego, California

8
22 25
University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
dapa added Los Angeles, California, United States of America

9
17 19
California Institute of the Ar... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
JenME3 added Santa Clarita, Valencia, California

10
27 32
University of San Diego is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
San Diego, California, United States of America
San Diego, California

11
16 19
University of Southern Califor... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Los Angeles, California

12
27 33
Columbia University School of ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
New York City, New York, United States of America
New York, New York

13
16 20
DePaul University is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Chicago, Illinois

14
10 13
University of Connecticut is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
SierraKane added Mansfield, Connecticut, United States of America

15
21 27
University of California, Irvi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Irvine, California, United States of America
Irvine, Califonia

16
8 12
Case Western Reserve Universit... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
Cleveland, Ohio

17
18 26
University of Washington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Seattle, Washington

18
7 12
Pace University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
JenME3 added New York City, New York, United States of America

19
8 14
The Boston Conservatory is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
JenME3 added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

20
6 13
Syracuse University is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
JenME3 added Syracuse, New York, United States of America

21
13 23
Texas Tech University is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Lubbock, Texas, United States of America
Lubbock, Texas

22
10 19
Mason Gross School of the Arts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, New Jersey  

23
10 19
University of Illinois at Urba... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Urbana, Illinois, United States of America
Champaign, Illinois

24
3 10
National Theatre Conservatory is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting

25
3 10
University of Nevada, Las Vega... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grad Schools for Acting
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America
Las Vegas, Nevada