Graduate Dance Admission

*We are not accepting applications for graduate degrees in dance at this time
The MFA in dance is designed to develop:
  • individual creative and scholarly talents, interests, and philosophies that can be used to expand and preserve our cultural heritage
  • individuals with the potential to solve contemporary problems in dance and to explore and address new questions and issues
  • professional competence in the dissemination of knowledge, including the logical, verbal, and written presentation of aesthetic ideas
  • scholarly competence in the organization, evaluation, and interpretation of knowledge
  • professional competence as reflected in a significant body of artistic work

Review of applications begins January 1.

Students seeking admission to a master's program should e-mail the Department of Dance to request an information packet.

How to Apply

Step 1

Submit an online University of Oregon application for graduate admission and $70 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee. Students who have attained their master's degree from the University of Oregon can apply for a fee waiver (available via the online application).

The online application will request that you:

  • Download three letters of recommendation requests and identify your recommenders
  • Upload your résumé
  • Upload your statement of purpose
  • Upload a sample of scholarly writing
  • Upload unofficial transcripts
  • Upload video of choreography and/or performance

Step 2

Graduate applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a campus visit and audition-interview process. Applicants can schedule a visit by e-mailing Associate Professor Christian Cherry, graduate director for the Department of Dance, or by phoning 541-346-5951. In exceptional cases, it may be possible for applicants to submit video in lieu of a visit.

Graduate Application Notes

  • Application for enrollment is open to any graduate of an accredited college or university with a 3.00 cumulative undergraduate grade point average. A student with a GPA below 3.00 may be admitted upon review of credentials.
  • Adequate undergraduate preparation in dance theory and technique is required for admission to graduate programs in dance. Applicants with undergraduate deficiencies may be admitted as postbaccalaureate students until the necessary courses are completed.
  • Deficiencies may be made up by (1) passing proficiency examinations provided by the department, (2) presenting evidence of acceptable practical professional experience, or (3) demonstrating ability on video or in person. All deficiencies should be corrected at the first opportunity after entering the program.
  • Students admitted to the graduate program will audition for placement in technique classes. Placement classes are held each spring term and during Week of Welcome before fall term. Dates of these auditions are available by e-mailing the Department of Dance.

International Students

International students whose native language is not English must earn scores of at least 575 (paper-based), 233 (computer-based), or 88 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In addition, the University is now accepting the International English Testing System (IELTS) assessment score as an alternative to TOEFL. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. For more information about English Language Requirements, visit the UO Graduate School's English language proficiency webpage.