Dance, M.F.A.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants should submit a personal statement and samples of work to the school.

Admission to graduate study in dance is on the basis of competence as evidenced by the undergraduate record, demonstrated proficiency, and potential in the field of dance. Prospective students should contact the school before submitting an application.

Program entry is in the fall term only; the application deadline is November 15.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 60 credit hours

Required Courses (34-35 credits)
DCE 605Choreographies and Choreographers3
DCE 610Dance Studies I: Theories and Methods 3
DCE 611Dance Studies II: Research Projects 3
DCE 621Administration of Dance 3
DCE 624Movement for Dance 13
DCE 630Advanced Body Theories and Practices in Dance 4
or DCE 667 The Dancer's Body
DCE 651Choreographic Practice 212
DCE 661Dance Pedagogy in Higher Education 2
DCE 662Practicum in Teaching Dance 32
Electives (19-20 credits)
Select 19-20 credits of electives, including 6 credits from outside of the School of Dance19-20
Recommended Dance Electives:
Capoeira History and Practice
Pilates: Movement Fundamentals for Dancers
Dance Design Practicum
Laban Movement Analysis
Screen Dance
Culminating Project (6 credits) 4
Select one option from the following:6
Option 1: For a full-length concert or equivalent artistic presentation
Masters Production Project
Option 2: For significant research that directly informs a major choreographic work (or series of works) equivalent to half a concert
Masters Production Project
Field Project in Dance
Total Credit Hours60

Taken three times for a total of 3 credits.


Taken four times for a total of 12 credits.


Taken for a total of 2 credits.


Capstone Experience enrolled in over two semesters.

Program Progression and Reviews

The Graduate Faculty assesses student progress in their degree program in the Spring semester of their first year.

After the removal of all deficiencies, three semesters of choreography practice (DCE 651 Choreographic Practice ), and at the completion of at least 30 credits, students apply for M.F.A. candidacy. Admission is based on a variety of criteria, including a minimum overall 3.0 GPA. Students submit a portfolio of work to the Graduate Program Director, usually by December 1 of their third semester, for review by the Graduate Committee. See the School of Dance M.F.A. Handbook for portfolio contents and process.

When the student has been in residence for at least two semesters and passed candidacy, they assemble a committee of at least three members of the graduate faculty to review their culminating concert or project proposal. Proposal guidelines are included in the School of Dance M.F.A. Handbook. Once the committee approves the proposal, the student may register for DCE 697 Masters Production Project or DCE 698 Field Project in Dance and work towards culmination of study.