The M.F.A. program in Dance provides a unique emphasis on the ethics and aesthetics of
dance-making, exploring the cultural and political issues that arise for any contemporary artist,
especially with regards to interculturality and interdisciplinarity. Our M.F.A. is organized around
a series of intensive courses that encourage students to develop an individual artistic voice, create
innovative and challenging work, and explore the relationships among intuition, analysis, politics,
and performance. Students are guided in their investigations of possible streams or concentrations
that they might engage in – critical studies, studies in an allied discipline such as music, film, or
digital arts, or studies of a specific artistic practice, community, or historical period, and other
kinds of experiences that will serve to enhance their choreographic work. M.F.A. students may
also choose to participate in a variety of movement genres from a rich palette of dance practices
and traditions from around the world (e.g. North American/European, African, South Asian
diasporic practices among others). These course offerings are further enriched by a continual flow
of distinguished visiting artists and scholars of dance, and by a range of opportunities for the
public performance of original choreographic work.
International Student Requirements:
Students whose native language is not English are required to submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application. A TOEFL score of at least 560 on the written exam (220 on the computer-based test), or an IELTS Overall Band score of at least 7.0 are the minimum requirements for applicants. Because processing, sending, and receiving TOEFL and IELTS test scores often takes several weeks, international students must schedule their examination no later than October in order to meet the Departmental deadlines. TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the Department Admissions Office. IELTS scores should be sent to the Department Admissions Office and the Graduate Division.