How to Apply

 

The Dance Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Masters in Dance Education (EdM), and  Master of Fine Arts (MFA). Mason Gross School of the Arts also offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a dance minor for Rutgers University Students enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences. To learn more about each program, click here.

To apply to any of the degrees, applicants must first complete the Rutgers University online application. Five business days after submitting the university application, applicants will be emailed an invitation to complete the Mason Gross supplemental application, where auditions are scheduled. To review audition dates, click here.

BFA/BA CHECKLIST
  • Rutgers Undergraduate Application, by December 1 (first year applicants, Fall 2020 start) / February 1 (transfer applicants, Fall 2020 start)
  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)
  • SAT or ACT scores- use school code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT
  • GED results (for those that earned a GED)
  • English Proficiency Test results (if required)
  • Mason Gross Supplemental Application–emailed five business days after the university application is submitted
  • Optional: Upload a video sample of your choreography via the supplemental application.
  • Schedule and complete your audition
  • File FASFA (domestic students) by December 1 - although not required, we strongly encourage students to submit a FASFA by the priority deadline of December 1 (transfers by February 1)

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EdM CHECKLIST

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  • Application Requirements

    1.  Rutgers University Graduate Application
    2.  Mason Gross Supplemental Application
    3.  Audition and Interview
    4.  Optional Digital Portfolio
  • Deadlines

    The EdM application is open until June 1. However, applicants interested in scholarship opportunities should submit the application by February 1.
  • Graduate Application Instructions and Checklist

    a.  $70 application fee
    b.  Transcripts for all colleges attended
    c.  Three letters of recommendation
    d.  Personal statement
    e.  Resume
    2.  Mason Gross Supplemental Application
    a.  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, included a recorded audition option, will be displayed for selection.
    b.  $40 application fee
    3.  Audition/Interview
    a.  Live auditions will include a ballet and modern dance class
    b.  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.
    4.  Digital Portfolio
    a.  A digital portfolio of choreographic work, teaching work, and personal work is encouraged for applicants interested in scholarship opportunities.
  • Entrance Requirements

    Five Year BFA+ EdM and EdM Certification Track Applicants
    •  Passing Praxis Core test scores (Reading: 156, Math: 150, Writing: 162)
    a.  or, minimum SAT scores of:
    i.  560 Reading, 540 Math (if taken 2/28/16 or earlier) or
    ii.  610 Reading & Writing or 30 Reading, 570 Math (if taken on or after 3/1/16)
    b.  or, minimum ACT scores of: 23 English, 23 Math
    c.  or, minimum GRE scores of: 155 Verbal, 156 Quantitative
    •  Praxis Core or GRE scores do not have to be submitted at the time of application. However, applicants interested in scholarships should plan to have the Praxis Core or GRE scores reported by February 1.
    •  Entrance Exam for Professional Track Non-Certification Applicants
    GRE: 310 Combined Score on the quantitative and verbal sections, 40 on analytical writing.
    (Any test scores submitted must be less than five years old as of the application deadline. Scores must be official, not self-reported.)

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MFA CHECKLIST:

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  • Prerequisites

    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

    1. Rutgers University Graduate Application
    2. Mason Gross Supplemental Application
    3. Writing Sample
    4. Audition and Interview
    5. Digital Portfolio
  • Deadlines

    APRIL 1: Complete and submit the Rutgers University Application
    MAY 1: Complete and submit the Mason Gross Supplemental Application. Submit all supporting materials - digital portfolio, letters of recommendation, official transcripts.
    SUMMER: Program start
  • Graduate Application Instructions and Checklist

    • $70 application fee
    • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Personal Statement
    2. Mason Gross Supplemental Application
    • $40 application fee
    • 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).
    3. Writing Sample
    Your writing sample can consist of academic writing (published or non-published), journalism (e.g., substantial critique or essay on creative or other work), or other writing genres. Writing sample will be uploaded directly to the Rutgers University Graduate Application.
    4. 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
    5. Digital Portfolio/Choreography Sample
    All applicants are required to submit a choreography sample. Choreography samples will be uploaded directly to the Mason Gross Supplemental Application. Your digital portfolio should include samples of 3 selected creative works, limited to 12 minutes maximum including solos, and small and large group work (if possible).
     

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CURRENT & FORMER RUTGERS STUDENT CHECKLIST:
Applicants applying to the BFA program who are currently or were formerly a Rutgers University student (at any Rutgers undergraduate school), should email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu with your full name, RUID, current school of enrollment, year, and the Mason Gross program you are seeking admission to by the dates listed below. 
Spring 2020 Start:
November 15, 2019

Fall 2020 Start:

January 1, 2020

 

After emailing admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu you will be sent a link to complete the Mason Gross supplemental application. More information on the school to school transfer and re-enrollment application process can be found here

For school-to-school transfers into Dance, please see our guidelines for re-auditioning for the Dance BFA degree.

Current students interested in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Minor, offered through the School of Arts and Sciences, are required to audition at a separate BA/Minor audition. For more information on audition dates, click here or email echu@mgsa.rutgers.edu.

All incoming students are required to complete a number of medical eligibity requirements prior to participation in September. To review and complete their requirements, please visit here

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