Applying to Program

Application deadlines for 2020-2021:

This year's deadline is January 31, 2020.

Please complete all application materials prior to the audition. In the online application, include video links (ex. Vimeo or YouTube) to your work providing dance faculty with a total of 10 - 15 minute examples of your work.

MFA Dance Handbook: 

Be sure to review the Handbook. 

Further Information:

GRE is not required.
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. (These courses are: Improvisation, Dance history, Modern Movement Analysis and Teaching Dance).

Crystal Davis is the Head of the Program, and you may contact her at Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process:

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 and review the MFA Dance Handbook

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

**Upon time of enrollment final official transcript, with degree earned included, should be sent by your previous institution to UMD at the following address:

University of Maryland
Enrollment Service Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, Maryland 20742

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 for Admissions.

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.