The first step towards acceptance into the MFA in Dance program is submitting a complete application to the CU Boulder Graduate School. Departmental review, interviews, and auditions will follow.
Online application: The first step is to submit the online Application for Graduate Admissions, including the appropriate fee. The application fee may be waived for participants in the following programs: McNair Scholar, Project 1000, active Peace Corps or AmeriCorps volunteer. If you have unusual circumstances that warrant a fee waiver, please contact us at email@example.com.
Audition process: Applicants will be notified of invitation for on-campus audition soon after applications have closed. On-campus auditions will take place February 5th and 6th, 2024 on CU Boulder campus.
Checklist for All Applicants
This checklist is arranged in order of the sections of the online application and details the materials we wish you to submit for each.
See below for information on TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores for international applicants.
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.
Please submit a 5-minute movement freestyle session that you record. We invite you to feature the variety of movement traditions you feel qualified to teach or perform. Please do not be concerned with this submission fitting within the format of our published curricular offerings. Your creativity and connection to any genre of dance will be welcomed for admission consideration. This can be an informal recording captured on a personal device without professional editing. Please submit in the format of an mp4.
Please submit a 5-minute excerpt of your own choreography. Solo and ensemble works are welcomed.
Please upload a photo for facial recognition with your application. This will be used for identity verification purposes only. We pledge to not let use of your personal photo reinforce social bias or discrimination in consideration of your application.
We are open to considering materials that are older than one year since many dance organizations were not able to gather in person during the lockdown portions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All submissions may be recordings captured on a personal device without professional editing. Please submit in the format of an mp4. If your access to technology impacts your ability to send the suggested videos we cordially invite you to contact us for alternative measures of consideration.
Digital Teaching Portfolio: you desire a teaching assistantship, please also submit a Digital Teaching Sample. Instructions are located on the Graduate Assistantships & Teaching Application page.
English proficiency can be documented in several ways. 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 requirements.
If you plan to submit test scores, please review the information below:
- Valid TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores
- 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.
International applicants should please visit the International Students page of the Graduate Admissions website for more information.