Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dance

Our Graduate Degrees

Program Overview

Department of Theatre & Dance

The Master of Fine Arts in Dance is a three-year terminal degree that serves a select population of emerging artists pursuing a future in professional performance, choreography, and teaching. The degree requires choreography of at least two works per year and the creation and presentation of a full evening’s work supported by a written dissertation in the final year. Opportunities for graduate students to teach in the dance program are available for qualified students, which includes mentoring by graduate faculty. Graduate assistantships are available that provide scholarship and stipends.

MFA Dance Admission Requirements

All questions should be directed to: (505) 277-4332
(your call will be directed to appropriate advisor)

e-mail: or

If you wish to be considered for financial aid the deadline is February 1.

To receive an early response, applicants are encouraged to submit a complete application as early as possible.

International applicants require additional materials and are processed through The University of New Mexico’s International Admissions Office. Call (505) 277-5829 or e-mail: for more information.

Programs in the Department of Theatre and Dance are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

To enter the program, the student should have completed an undergraduate major in theatre or dance or have taken a minimum of 24 hours in Theatre and/or Dance, including History, Criticism, Dramatic Literature, Directing, Playwriting, Choreography, Technical Theatre and Performance. However, students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines are eligible for admittance. Contact the Department for information.

The student applying for admission should obtain a Self-Managed Application from the Office of Admissions:
Call: (505) 277-4332
Online application form: (click forms)

Other application materials required by the department:
• Three letters of recommendation
• Academic/scholarly writing sample

For the M.F.A. in Dance–
• A 12-minute video of recent choreography or dance performance work, submitted through vimeo or other easily accessed media

Dance Graduate Programs Coordinator 

Donna Jewell
(505) 277-4332

New students accepted Fall Semester only. Application Deadlines: postmarked no later than Feb.1 for financial aid and no later than Apr. 15 if spaces remain.

How to Apply

• All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM

•After meeting all CFA admission requirements, students must apply to become a declared major.

Academic Advisement

The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center is committed to serve the UNM community with compassion, guidance, and respect as we promote academic excellence.

To speak with a CFA advisor, please call (505) 277-4817.