The MFA is recognized as the terminal degree in the creative and practical areas of dance. The program provides the opportunity for students to develop expertise in the areas of choreography, performance and teaching through an integration of theory and practice. It is designed to accommodate a variety of students, ranging from the recent BA/BFA graduate to the practicing professional desiring a graduate degree. The program focuses on performance, choreography and a secondary area of specialization. Possible areas of specialization include: somatics, aerial dance, interdisciplinary performance, film/video, cultural studies, music, improvisation and criticism. The MFA will develop students' creative, performance and scholarly work and position them for teaching careers in higher education as well as a variety of other careers in the field of dance.

Degrees Offered


Degree Details

A minimum of 60 credit hours is required. At least 30 of these must be taken in dance at the 5000 level or above. The degree is based on a required core of courses including physical training, history, choreography, readings in dance, seminars in dance and music, research strategies, methods of teaching, a creative project and project paper. At least 6 credit hours must be taken outside of dance in an approved allied field.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete the Online Admission Application.
  2. Hold a baccalaureate degree in dance or equivalent dance experience with a degree in another field and have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in dance performance and choreography.
  4. Complete an on-campus audition including performance of your own choreography (3 minutes long) and classes in modern, West African, improvisation and Ballet (expertise in all four forms is not required).
  5. Submit four letters of recommendation.
  6. Provide a current CV or resume.
  7. Provide an 8” x 10” photo of yourself (in any pose) with the face showing clearly.
  8. Provide a 2 - 3 page sample of academic writing. This can be an essay written expressly for the purpose of this application or a copy of a paper (or portion thereof) written in the last two years. Content need not be dance related.
  9. GRE scores are not required for MFA applicants.
  10. Applicants who are interested in teaching for the program must submit the GPTI/TA Application and be prepared to teach an audition class. Please see information on the department website

International Applications additionally must submit:

  • Financial Statement for International Applicants
  • TOEFL scores (minimum TOEFL score is 550)
  • A video may be submitted in place of an on-campus audition, although an on-campus audition is recommended.

Applicant Instructions

  • Fall auditions: January 27 - 28, 2017. 
  • Applicants will be notified by December 15 if they will be invited to audition.
  • Applicants who have applied for a teaching position will be invited to teach an audition class on Thursday, January 26, 2017 or Monday, January 30, 2017.

For All Applicants:

Fall Domestic Application Deadline

December 1, 2016

Fall International Application Deadline

December 1, 2016

Contact Information

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Theatre & Dance
Theatre C132
261 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0261
Phone: 303-492-7356
Fax: 303-492-7722

Department of Theatre & Dance website