The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons
application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements
site for specific instructions.
The MFA in Dance program only starts in Fall of each year, with an application deadline in January or February. This year's deadline is Friday, January 31, 2020.
Please see the information below to prepare for the Fall 2020 application.
For additional information, please contact:
All components and requirements for the application must be completed and received by the deadline date before a review of any materials sent with the application can take place.
As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:
3. A current CV: This document should accurately reflect your completed educational background and all of your professional and related experiences to date. Please be thorough and comprehensive, as your C.V. is critical in our determination of appropriate potential fellowship nomination.
4. Statement of Purpose: Please compose a brief but engaging narrative, relating your research and movement practice interests to pursuing a degree in our program. Your essay should situate you within the field at the present time, gathering significant details of your previous experience, clarifying your current involvement and interest in dance, and speculating about your future intentions within the field. We are interested in getting to know something about you as a dance professional through this writing: what have you done that has led you here, how do you articulate your aesthetic sensibility, what do you hope to accomplish in your studies. Please keep the length to 1-2 pages single-spaced or 3-4 pages double-spaced and create it in a Word or pdf file that can be easily uploaded.
5. Work Sample(s): Submit Vimeo, YouTube, etc. links to recordings of samples of your work. These samples should demonstrate your expertise and interests, such as excerpts of your choreography, documentation of your performance and teaching, or dance media projects. All materials must be accompanied by a clearly written legend identifying the contents, including title, order of materials, date and explicit identification of your contribution. It is also helpful if you can guide us by identifying yourself in performance clips that include more than one person. Film clips may be edited or unedited and should be limited to 10 minutes.
6. Writing Sample: The Graduate Studies committee reviews writing samples to determine applicants’ potential research and creative interests and to assess their competency as writers. Please submit a substantive piece of writing, one that demonstrates your thoughtfulness and capacity to handle language with fluency. Your submission may be about 4 pages double-spaced but no more than 20 pages; this might take the form of a critical review, process paper, or scholarly essay.
7. Letters of recommendation: Submit names and email addresses of three recommenders for the electronic recommendation forms to be sent to them.
MFA in dance application requirements
- You must have earned a 4-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree earned at a non-U.S. institution with at least a 3.0 GPA.For potential graduate students who DO NOT have an UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN DANCE: You may still apply and audition; however, you may be required to take coursework at the undergraduate level in order to meet prerequisites for some graduate courses.
- The MFA in Dance program does not require the GRE but does require an audition and interview.
- All International students must show evidence of acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). See information on the International Educational Services website for specific admissions requirements, including minimum TOEFL score. See information on the International Educational Services website for specific admissions requirements, including minimum TOEFL score.
Official transcripts from all universities attended will need to be sent to:
University of Maryland College Park
Enrollment Services Operation – Attn: Graduate Admissions
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742
DANC is the program code for the MFA in Dance.
The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn
Information for International Graduate Students
The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS)
is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.
The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance. Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International Applicants
for more information.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues. For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School