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Graduate Admissions

Application Deadlines: 

The Department of Dance is currently admitting new graduate students every two years. The Dance MFA program starts in summer quarter (mid-June, non-optional). The next admission cycle will begin in late 2024, for students to to enroll Summer 2025. 

  • To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted electronically by: October 21, 2024.
  • International student applications are due no later than September 16, 2024.

Admitted students must be available to begin the program in-person by mid-June 2025.

Application Procedures:

All applicants must apply online at the link below. We recommend that all applicants thoroughly review the M.F.A. Coursework information prior to submitting an application.

All aspects of the application are submitted online, including:

  • Statement of purpose of 1-2 pages in length outlining professional dance experience, reasons for seeking an M.F.A. degree at the UW, and career expectations.
  • Current resume.
  • One performance link (maximum 10 minutes - Vimeo/YouTube) demonstrating a range of technical and performance accomplishments. Please only provide one link.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

All complete applications are reviewed by a departmental faculty admissions committee. As the admission review process progresses, applicants may be invited for a campus interview and visit. 

Application Requirements

The following are the requirements to be considered for admission to the Dance Master of Fine Arts program:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum of 8 years experience as a professional dancer (post high school)
  • Professional-level performance ability at the time of application
  • In-person interviews and participation in a department movement class are required for preferred applicants
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

University of Washington Admissions Information

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact the department's Academic Advisor, Emily Uematsu.