What will I learn?

The graduate program Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Dance with an emphasis on choreography. Culture and Performance students research communities, cultures, and transnational movements through heritage and globalization studies, multifocal ethnographies, dance and theories of corporeality and embodiment, visual and material culture, critical museum and curatorial studies, documentary practice and Internet interventions, as well as arts activism and interdisciplinary art-making. The M.F.A. in Dance offers opportunities to engage multiple movement practices as students work on pioneering research in the form of new choreography. Students may focus on media, dance studies theory, and theories of the body as supplements to their work as choreographers. The Art and Global Health Center within the department presents further opportunity for learning and practice.

While operating with considerable independence, the two graduate degree areas are unified by the department's common concern for aesthetic production, corporeality and performance, the dynamics of tradition, and culture-building in contemporary societies. Connections are forged between critical theory and artistic practices and attention is given to the changing social roles and responsibilities of artists, practitioners, and scholars of the arts in the U.S. and worldwide.

Which department am I in?

School of the Arts and Architecture

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

Expected September 2022


School of the Arts and Architecture

1317 Perloff Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 570 in paper based TOEFL.

For international students

For the M.F.A. program, a bachelor's degree, with an undergraduate major in dance or equivalent experience in dance, is required. Equivalent experience in dance may have been gained outside the academic setting through avenues such as dance studios or dance performance.

Applicants must demonstrate exceptional promise in choreography. For phase 1 of the application process, applicants submit two video samples of choreographic work. Those invited to audition (phase 2) present an additional work. Applicants are required to prepare a statement (no more than one page) describing the works shown. Applicants should contact the program for specific guidelines.

Applicants are strongly recommended to attain post baccalaureate studies (including workshops, intensives, etc.) and/or choreographic experiences prior to applying to the program.

IELTS Academic overall band score should be at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

TOEFL score on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.