Theatre and Dance
    115 Rowand-Johnson Hall, Box 870239, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Dance, MFA
Program Director(s): Lawrence Jackson, (205) 348-4476
Application Contact: Nancy Calvert, (205) 348-5283
Sharron Skipper, (205) 348-5283
Application Deadline: Application submissions must be completed before a candidate may audition. Auditions occur in October and February. See the Department website for specific dates. Audition slots are limited, and assigned on a first come, first served basis. All required materials should be uploaded via the UA Graduate School application process at least 2 weeks prior to the audition.
Allow Admission with Permission to Continue?    Yes.
Allow Conditional Language Admission?   No.
Offer Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP)?   No.

Admission Requirements
Item Information
Application FeeRequired.
Statement of PurposeRequired. Applicants will compose a 1-page, single-spaced narrative, relating research and movement practice interests to pursuing a degree within the UA program. The essay should situate candidates within the field at the present time, gathering significant details of candidates’ previous experiences, clarifying current involvement and interest in dance, and speculating about the candidates’ future intentions within the field. Reviewers are interested in getting to know something about the candidates as dance professionals through this writing.
Resume / CVRequired. This document should accurately reflect candidates’ completed educational background and all of their professional and related experiences to date. Document should be thorough and comprehensive. Optional but recommended.
Letters of RecommendationThree letters of recommendation. Letters should speak to candidates’ artistic and academic strengths. At least two letters should be from someone at an academic institution (past or present) who can speak to these strengths, even if previous academic work was not in Dance.
TranscriptPlease upload an unofficial transcript for any institution of higher education at which you have completed 15 or more credit hours. Official transcripts must be received prior to registering for classes. International applicants: please make sure that your transcript includes a grading scheme. All others: please include a grading scheme if your university does not use a letter-based (e.g. A, A-, B) grading scheme.
The minimum GPA to be considered: 3 (for regular admission). Students who do not meet these requirements, but who excel in other areas, may be considered for Admission with Permission to Continue.
Graduate Admission Test ScoresNo admission test score required.
English Proficiency TestNOTE: During the COVID-19 crisis, in addition to the language tests listed in this section, we are accepting Duolingo scores (minimum of 105 for regular admission). Non-native speakers are required to submit unofficial TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (official scores are submitted on admission) unless they meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) at the time of initial enrollment, they will hold a degree from a U.S. institution or an institution in one of the English speaking countries or regions in the link below; 2) at the time of initial enrollment, they will have been enrolled in coursework for at least two years at a U.S. institution or an institution in one of the English speaking countries or regions in the link below; 3) they are a citizen or legal resident of one of the English speaking countries or regions in the link below.
The minimum score(s) to be considered for regular admission:
TOEFL: 79, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 59.
Writing SampleThe Dance Faculty will review writing samples to determine applicants’ potential research and creative interests and to assess their competency as writers. Candidates will submit a substantive piece of writing, one that demonstrates their thoughtfulness and capacity to handle language with fluency. This writing submission must be at least 4 pages double-spaced but no more than 20 pages; this might take the form of a critical review, process paper, or scholarly essay.
PortfolioCandidates will list Vimeo, YouTube or similar resources as hyperlinks in a Word or PDF attachment. These samples should demonstrate candidates’ expertise and interests, such as excerpts of choreography, documentation of performances, samples of lighting plots, dance notation, or dance media projects.
InterviewEach prospective student will be scheduled for a 20-30 minute individual interview with members of the faculty during the audition process. Applicants will open the interview with a brief presentation that highlights their interests in graduate work at UA and outlines possible areas of emphasis.
AuditionAn in-person audition is required for all applicants. The audition will include multiple movement classes to demonstrate technical and performance proficiency. Auditions occur in October and February. See the Department website for specific dates.

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