Dance, MFA

College of Fine Arts

Program Description:

The Master of Fine Arts in Dance (M.F.A.) is a three-year terminal degree program that serves a select population of emerging artists pursuing a future in performance, choreography, and teaching, with focus areas in Choreography and/or Performance. The program promotes the growth and development of artistic achievement balanced with scholarship, accepting only students who show artistic excellence and who demonstrate exceptional potential for future progress. The M.F.A. dissertation in Dance consists of an evening concert of original choreography and an accompanying written dissertation.

Admission Requirements:

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Admission Deadlines  
Semester   Domestic ApplicantsInternational Applicants
Fall:February 15May 1
Spring:None accepted 
Summer:None Accepted 

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 Dramatic Writing–
• A full-length script (stage, screen television play; drama or comedy or two one-act plays)

For the M.F.A. in Dance–
• A resume of educational and professional dance experience
• A 12-minute VHS videotape or DVD of recent choreography or dance performance work

Career Opportunities:

Dancers express ideas, stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies. They use a variety of dance forms that allow free movement and self-expression, including classical ballet, modern dance, and culturally specific dance styles. UNM offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance that “presents a broad perspective on dance training within a liberal arts context. Students are well prepared to pursue both graduate work and professional careers in dance education, dance history/criticism and dance performance. The Flamenco Focus is the only program in the United States to offer a fully developed curriculum in Flamenco Dance technique” (from UNM Dance Dept. website). 

Students develop wide-ranging skills that can be applied in a wide range of occupations, including the performing arts. “The dance major’s presentation skills, ability to perform in public, and control of the body provides a solid basis for working effectively with others. Dance also develops the ability to concentrate intensely, listen introspectively, observe keenly, sol problems creatively, think critically, collaboratively develop a project, work independently, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and maintain composure when faced with the unexpected” (from University of Texas – Austin Fine Arts Career Services website). A bachelor's degree is typically the minimum formal education required. Some areas may require a graduate degree, or may assist employment in highly competitive areas. 

Contact Information:

Sarah Lentz: Department Administrator
(505) 277-2737