Apply to the MFA in Dance

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  • Prerequisites (click here)

    Applicants for the MFA in Dance must have an undergraduate BFA or BA degree in dance, or its equivalent, and 5 years of post-undergraduate professional experience in the dance field. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, in an area other than dance, may be considered for the MFA if they have significant professional dance experience.

  • Application Requirements (click here)

    1. Rutgers University Graduate Application
    2. Mason Gross Supplemental Application
    3. Audition and Interview
    4. Digital Portfolio
  • Deadlines (click here)

    DECEMBER 1, 2019 : Rutgers University Application

    JANUARY 15, 2020 : Supporting materials including official transcripts and TOEFL scores (if applicable). Mason Gross Supplemental Application including chorography sample, personal statement, letters of recommendation, MFA program specific questions, and audition request information.

  • Graduate Application Instructions and Checklist

    1. Rutgers University Graduate Application
    • $70 application fee
    • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Writing sample: your writing sample should include 5-10 double spaced pages of academic writing (published or non-published), journalism (e.g., substantial critique or essay on creative or other work), or other writing genres.
    2. Mason Gross Supplemental Application
    • Five business days after submitting the Rutgers Graduate Application applicants will receive an invitation to complete the Mason Gross Supplemental Application. This is an application/registration for the audition and interview. A series of audition dates, including a recorded audition option, will be displayed for selection.
    • Choreography sample should include 3 selected creative works, limited to 12 minutes maximum. Include solo, small, and large group work (if possible).
    • $40 application fee
    3. Audition / Interview
    • Live auditions will include a ballet and modern dance class
    • Live auditions are highly recommended, however, individuals living more than four hours distance from Rutgers may consider the recorded audition option. If you are approved to submit a recorded audition you will be sent an email with instructions and a link for you to submit your recordings. Recorded auditions should include the following:
    1. 15 minutes of classical ballet or contemporary SOLO dance class, plus a SOLO world dance form, if appropriate.
    2. 3-5 minute sampling of SOLO improvisational work