Admissions & Auditions

Admission Requirements and Procedures

We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, including dance professionals interested in transitioning into careers beyond the stage. The MFA curriculum is a two-year program, and an undergraduate degree* is required for admission.Designed as a two-year MFA program, a significant portion of the candidate’s second year is devoted to thesis work. Because of this, admission preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a solid research focus through their application materials.

The application process consists of two parts:

  1. Applicants must complete the online application process. Once these materials have been reviewed, the applicant may be contacted for an interview.
  2. The interview may be scheduled during a campus visit or via Skype and must be arranged directly with the Director of Graduate Studies.

Applicants must submit required materials through the university’s Apply Yourself portal. (See link below)
Before beginning the application process, be sure to have the following prepared:

  • Curriculum vitae: The applicant’s curriculum vitae should be extensive and include all education, training, professional performance experience, teaching experience, choreography, honors, awards, etc. Applicants are encouraged to include links to personal websites or to samples of their research (i.e., videos of choreography, published articles, etc.)
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose: This essay should introduce the applicant to the faculty and express the applicant’s expectations of the graduate program. We encourage students to outline research interests and a potential area of research focus for thesis work. The essay may also include information about the applicant’s past experience and how their experiences inform their current interest in graduate studies. Submit as a Word document or PDF; the essay should be 1000-2000 words, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, in Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Unofficial Transcripts: The online application portal will prompt applicants to list all academic institutions attended and attach accompanying transcripts.
  • References/Recommenders: The online application portal will prompt applicants to list the names and email addresses for two references/recommenders. Applicants should include information for references who can speak to the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. The references will be contacted via automatic email and asked to submit a standardized form for the recommendation process.

Once applicants have compiled the above materials, they may link to the online application portal here: applyyourself.com
For additional information regarding university policy regarding admission into graduate programs: gradschool.utah.edu


*For those individuals interested in the MFA program who might not currently hold an undergraduate degree, the School of Dance offers retiring professionals the opportunity to complete a BFA in Ballet in an expedited three-year program. During the final year of the expedited BFA program, students may apply for the MFA program. For additional information about this possibility, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.