EDM Dance Education Application Information

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Rutgers University Application: January 1*

Mason Gross Talent Assessment: January 15*

*January 1 and January 15 are recommended deadlines to apply. The Graduate School of Education’s application deadline is February 1. However, in order to ensure scholarship opportunities through GSE, we encourage you to apply and audition as early as possible. Any questions can be directed to Cristina Marte:

Rutgers University Application

All applicants must complete and submit the Rutgers University Application. The university application requires the following:

  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • University questionnaire
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English proficiency test scores (international applicants)
    • All international applicants to Mason Gross School of the Arts are required to submit an English proficiency exam. Applicants who completed an undergraduate degree in the U.S. or another English-speaking country are exempt from this requirement. Applicants who completed a graduate degree(s) in the U.S. or another English-speaking country are not exempt from this requirement.
  • Request for transcripts (completion of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university is a required prerequisite)
    • Official transcripts must be sent from the Registrar’s office of the undergraduate institution where the bachelor’s degree was awarded.
      Transcripts can be sent:
      • Via Mail:
        Administrative Services Building
        ATTN: Graduate & Professional Admissions
        65 Davidson Road
        Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
      • Via Email:

Mason Gross Talent Assessment

Five business days after submitting the Rutgers University application, applicants will be emailed a link to submit a Mason Gross Talent Assessment.

  • $30 dance audition fee
  • Dance questionnaire
  • Resume and headshot
  • Live audition date selection OR recorded audition (outlined below)
  • Optional teaching video

Live Audition and Interview

We encourage all applicants to audition at one of our live on campus auditions. The audition will include technique classes in contemporary, ballet, and hip-hop.

  • Saturday, December 3, 2022
  • Saturday, January 28, 2023
  • Saturday, February 11, 2023

After the audition portion, applicants will meet for a 30 min. interview with EdM dance education faculty.

COVID-19 Protocol: Applicants auditioning live on campus, plus any guests, must provide proof of vaccination at check-in. In lieu of attending a live audition, applicants may submit a recorded audition, as outlined below.

Recorded Audition and Virtual Interview

If you cannot attend one of our live auditions, please submit a recorded audition. After submitting your recorded audition and supplemental application you be contacted by one of our EdM dance education faculty to schedule a virtual interview.

We created a series of videos with our esteemed faculty members that we ask you to watch to prepare your video audition submission. Please watch each video, where the instructor explains and demonstrates the material to be performed and then performs each exercise with music. Then, record a video of yourself performing each exercise across the three styles. No special equipment is required and a camera on a mobile phone is sufficient. Please compile all the videos into one file and upload as your audition submission


Tips for creating your audition video submission:

  • Be sure your entire body is framed when you record your performance of each exercise so we can see how you articulate all the material, from the top of your head to your feet.
  • After you take the time to learn each exercise, we recommend that you play the portion where the instructor performs the material with music and record yourself doing that material while the video is playing. This will allow you to align your tempo to the tempo of the exercise and the rhythmic structure that the instructor intended.
  • Your final video submission should be 18–20 minutes in duration.

Optional Teaching Video

In addition to the 2 recordings selected from the list above, applicants may also include an optional teaching sample– upload a video between 5-10 minutes that showcases your teaching of Dance or another form of movement (e.g., Bartenieff Fundamentals, Pilates, Yoga, etc.)

Entrance Requirements

Five-Year BFA+ EdM and EdM Dance Education Certification Applicants
  • Passing Praxis Core test scores (Reading: 156; Math: 150; Writing: 162) or minimum SAT scores of 560 Reading; 540 Math (if taken 2/28/16 or earlier); or 610 Reading & Writing or 30 Reading; 570 Math (if taken on or after 3/1/16); or, minimum ACT scores of: 23 English; 23 Math; 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. See for more information.
    • Combined test code: 5752
    • Reading: 5713, minimum score 156/200
    • Writing: 5723, minimum score 162/200
    • Math: 5733, minimum score 150/200.

Note: Praxis Core test codes were updated on 9/1/19. Passing test scores taken before 9/1/19 are still valid.

EdM Professional Non-Certification Applicants
  • GRE scores: 155 Verbal, 156 Quantitative recommended.

Note: 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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