The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dance is a 60-credit hour program designed to take 3 years (6 semesters) to complete.  Students generally take 10 credit hours per semester, leaving sufficient time for extracurricular creative and research work.  

The MFA program is designed to accommodate a variety of students, ranging from the practicing professional to the recent BA/BFA graduate. The MFA will develop students’ creative, performance, and scholarly work. It will position them for teaching careers in higher education as well as a variety of other careers in the field of dance.

MFA candidates are required to choose at least one secondary area of study designed to give variety and dimension to the student’s training. The university setting is particularly well-suited to broad educational goals, given the wide variety of subjects available for involvement.

Dance Program Mission Statement

We encourage the pursuit of one’s choreographic voice, embodied scholarship, and pedagogical refinement. Our program scaffolds entrepreneurial approaches to art-making based in rigor, curiosity, and versatility. Through our diverse, “choose-your-own adventure” style curriculum, we support the vital cultivation of self-awareness alongside a nuanced appreciation of one’s positionality within a global conversation.

  • To encourage the clarification and individuation of each student’s artistic voice.
  • To prepare and empower students to fulfill their chosen career paths, both in their graduate studies and in the professional world.
  • To investigate traditional and innovative approaches to movement invention, choreography, and performance.
  • To deepen somatic awareness and increase fluency in dance technique, including ballet, improvisation, jazz, Hip-hop, Transnational Fusion, modern, African dance and others.
  • To actively engage in dance research, with particular attention to discovering relationships between scholarship and creative work.
  • To examine pedagogical goals and strategies from aesthetic, cultural, and anatomical perspectives.
  • To present choreography/creative work on a regular basis and perform in the creative work of faculty, student peers and guest artists working in a variety of aesthetic and technical styles.

Degrees Offered


Application Information 

  • The GRE test is not required.
  • After initial application screening, candidates will be invited for an on-campus audition in January.

Contact Information

Department of Theatre & Dance Website


Phone: 303-492-7356