We request that our online application be completed in full with all materials submitted by December 1. We apologize, but we are unable to evaluate your application before you complete the submission process. 

For fall 2020 admission

  • Deadline for all applicants: December 1, 2019

On-campus auditions

  • Teaching auditions: Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Group and individual auditions: Friday and Saturday, January 24-25, 2020

For spring 2020 admission

  • The Department of Theatre & Dance does not accept applications for spring admission.

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in dance, or equivalent dance experience with a degree in another field
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 and meet the Graduate School's Minimum Admission Requirements
  • Demonstrate proficiency in dance performance and choreography
  • If you have questions about your qualifications please contact the Director of Graduate Studies
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required for required for the MFA in Dance application

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required for the MFA in Dance application

To be evaluated for admission, the applicant must submit the items in the checklist below via the online application by the December 1 deadline. Incomplete applications cannot be guaranteed review for fall admission. Applicants may monitor the completion of their applications in the application portal.

After the December 1 submission deadline, the Director of Graduate Studies will pre-screen applications to determine if each person is a fit for our program (e.g. we are not a ballet conservatory). Applicants will be notified by December 20 if they will be invited to the on-campus audition.

All applicants are required to audition in person in order to be considered for admission. Exceptions may be granted - please see the video audition section below.

The audition for fall 2020 enrollment will be held on the CU-Boulder campus on Friday and Saturday, January 24-25, 2020.  The audition includes:

  • group classes in contemporary/modern, West African, Hip-hop, Transnational Fusion and Ballet (expertise in all five forms is not expected)
  • an informal group lunch with current graduate students and other applicants
  • an individual 3-minute performance of your own choreography
  • an interview with the faculty

Please also note that an on-campus audition is highly preferable, and we are unable to consider you for a teaching position if you are not able to audition in person.

If you forsee the inability to attend the on-campus audition you may seek exemption by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies, Donna Mejia. Digital materials can be submitted in the place of an on-campus movement and choreography audition if:

  • You are out of the country at the time of our audition (January 23-25, 2020)
  • You have exceptional circumstances that would make travel inadvisable
  • For questions or other matters not addressed here, please contact Donna Mejia

Digital files for your video audition can be uploaded in the Digital Portfolio section of the online application. Please visit the Digital Portfolio section in the online application itself for upload instructions, supported file types and allowable file sizes. Time limitations are stated below.

We welcome you to upload materials that you feel accurately represent your movement training and interests. The video audition must include:

  • Personal Dance Technique Audition
  1. Please perform a structured warm-up for your preferred genre of dance: up to 30 minutes.
  2. Please perform a series of movement sequences in your preferred genre of dance both across a space and in a parametered/contained/cypher/bantaba center area: 15 - 30 minutes.
  3. Please perform a series of movements drawing upon your cross-training in an alternate format to acquaint us with your versatility: 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Performance/Choreography/Solo/Improvisation Set
  1. Include no more than 3 minutes of choreography created by you. Include the title and date of the piece(s). Please indicate if you are the performer or have choreographed movement onto someone else.
  2. You have the option to also include no more than 10 minutes of ensemble choreography created by you. Include the title and date of the piece(s) and clearly identify if one of the performers is you. 
  • Video Conference Interview

This is not a digital submission, but rather a next step as an expected part of our consideration of your candidacy. If your digital application is accepted, the faculty will request a live video conference visit with you using the Zoom platform. You do not need a membership to Zoom for this application step. The interview will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 and may include the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to pursue an MFA degree in dance?
  2. Why do you specifically want to attend CU?
  3. What are your goals for how you will use an MFA in Dance?
  4. What are your secondary areas of interest? (for example: dance & video, dance & technology, dance & anthropology, somatics)
  5. What or who have been the primary influences in your own artistic explorations?
  6. What concerns do you have about embarking upon a graduate degree at this time?

After the audition, the Graduate Faculty meet to consider applicants and support packages. The Graduate Faculty recommendations are forwarded to Graduate Admissions for final approval. Once Graduate Admissions determines that all requirements have been met, it will confirm admission to each applicant by email, usually by the end of February. Students will be notified at that time if any support has been awarded by the Department. Students who have received offers of support are asked to accept or decline admission by April 15, 2020. Students who have been admitted without support will be notified April 15-17 if support becomes available, and are asked to accept or decline admission by April 20, 2020.

Submit the online Application for Graduate Admission, including the $60 application fee paid via credit card ($80 for international applicants). The application fee may not be waived unless you are a current McNair Scholar, a Project 1000 participant, or an active Peace Corps or AmeriCorps volunteer.

This checklist is arranged in order of the sections of the online application and details the materials we wish you to submit for each.

  1. Academic History. Submit one transcript from each institution of higher education attended. You may upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s).
    • In the Academic History section of the online application, scroll down to the bottom of the "Add Institution" or "Edit Institution" window to find the "Submit Transcript" section. 
    • The University of Colorado Boulder requires one unofficial transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed. 
    • Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university. 
    • Only after you are recommended for admission will you be asked to provide official transcripts. 
    • Instructions for Uploading Unofficial Transcripts to Your Application
  2. Test Scores. GRE test scores are not required for the MFA in Dance application. See below for information on TOEFL and IELTS scores for international applicants.
  3. Letters of Reference. Submit four letters of reference. Please do not submit more than four. References should be requested from individuals qualified to assess your potential for success in graduate school. Additionally, if you seek a teaching assistantship in our program, please ensure that your letters of recommendation include observation-based reviews of your teaching qualifications and experiences.
    • We prefer that your recommenders upload their letters directly to your application. 
    • Within the online application you will be asked to supply the names and email addresses of your recommenders. You may submit up to four names.
    • When you click the "send to recommender" button, your recommenders will immediately receive an email with a link for them to upload their letter and complete the Graduate Recommendation Form.
    • Before you enter recommender names and email addresses, please notify your recommenders that they will receive an email from the University of Colorado, gradadm@colorado.edu.
    • Our system will accept incoming letters of recommendation either before or after submission of the application.
    • If your recommenders experience difficulty submitting online they may email their letter, and a completed Graduate Recommendation Form, to the to the Admissions Office at gradprocessing@colorado.edu.  
    • Please let your recommenders know that their letters must be received by December 1, 2019.
  4. Personal Statement. Submit a 1-3 page briefly describing your past work in your proposed or allied fields of study, including non-course educational experiences, teaching, or other relevant employment, publications, theses, research in progress, other scholarly activities, and your plans for graduate study and a professional career. 
  5. Writing Sample. Submit a 2-3 page typed sample of your critical, creative or academic writing, in English. This can be an essay written expressly for the purpose of this application or a copy of a paper (or a portion thereof) written in the last two years. Content need not be dance-related.
  6. Digital Portfolio. Please upload a photograph to help us identify you during the on-campus audition. Additionally, we welcome recordings of a personal practice session or public performance. Please limit recordings to a total of 10 minutes and be sure you are clearly identified or highlighted in each one. Students who have requested exemption from the on-campus audition should upload their video audition materials here. Please see detailed instructions in the Application and Audition Process section above.
  7. Additional Information. This category includes several required surveys and questionnaires. Please read and complete all sections carefully.
    1. Dance MFA Assessment Survey. We request your completion of an assessment survey that summarizes relevant learning and background. 
    2. Emphases. If you are interested in Aerial Dance, Somatics, or Hip-hop as a secondary emphasis please indicate this here. If you have not yet identified a secondary interest to your MFA studies please do not be concerned that it will hinder your candidacy. You are welcome to leave this section blank.
    3. Teaching Application. If you desire a teaching assistantship (our main form of financial support for students), please see the Graduate Part-Time Instructor section on this site. Qualified applicants will be asked to audition in person and audition classes will be scheduled for the Thursday before the audition weekend (Thursday, January 23, 2020). As part of the application you will indicate what techniques you are comfortable teaching, and we will make every effort to place you in a class where you will be comfortable. If you are interested in teaching Hip-hop, you are also asked to submit an Additional Hip-Hop/Street/Urban Dance Instruction Survey.
  8. Employment History. Submit a current resume or Curriculum Vitae. Be sure to include any dance production or dance administration experience you have. The resume/CV will be uploaded as part of the Employment History section of the online application.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required for MFA candidates.

International Applicants must submit the above, plus the following:

  1. Valid TOEFL or IELTS scores
    • The Department of Theatre & Dance requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 79 (internet-based) or a mimimum IELTS score of 6.5.
    • Official test scores must be reported by the testing service directly to the university. Please request that the appropriate testing service report scores directly to the University of Colorado Boulder.  The institution code for the TOEFL exams is 4841. The department code is not needed.
    • Please note, the university must receive your scores by the December 1 deadline. If you cannot take the test in time, please apply next year. 
    • Requirements for English proficiency can be found on the English Proficiency Requirements webpage.  This page includes minimum test scores, countries excepted from submitting test scores, and alternate methods of meeting the proficiency requirement.

International applicants should please visit the International Applicants page of the Graduate Admissions website for more information.

    For additional information about the application process please visit the Graduate Admissions website.  The FAQ page is particularly helpful.

    If you have questions about your application, please don't hesitate to call or email the Graduate Program Assistant, Patricia Paige, at 303-492-7356.

    If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the online application please contact  Graduate Admissions directly.