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Program Overview:

Degree Offered: MFA (60 credits)
Fall Application Deadline: March 15
Graduate Advisor: Prof. Maura Donohue
Contact Information:


Admission Requirements:

You must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission.  Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance to the program.

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College- College & University Transcripts
  • At least five (5) years of professional (post-collegiate) experience
  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the Test of English as Foreign Language TOEFL or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following minimum scores must be obtained:
      • TOEFL iBT: 80/ Paper Based Test: 550/ Computer Administered Test: 213
      • IELTS: 6.5 Overall Band Score

Application Requirements:

  • A statement of purpose of approximately 500-750 words describing your long-term objectives in dance. This is not a request for a personal narrative. We are looking for clear research goals and professional intentions. The Hunter College Dance Department roots itself in the belief that dance is a powerful vehicle for change. Please address you expect to build a research portfolio of artistic, pedagogical and scholarly work that serves a just and equitable future.
  • Two letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional references.

Dance Program Supplemental Application Materials and Activities:

  • Creative Work Samples and/or Published Writing: 
  1. Link to 1-3 clips of your creative work - between 5 and 15 minutes in total. No promo reels please
  2. Links or copies of 1-3 pieces of critical writing on performance
  3. Please include the links at the end of your Statement of Purpose before uploading it into the online application system.
  • Current Personal/ Professional Curriculum Vitae
  • Audition/Interview: Select candidates will be invited for an interview with the committee in early April. If you are select for an interview, you will be asked to prepare a 20 - minute presentation of your current and planned creative and/or scholarly research. More details will be provided.

Additional Information:

For additional program information, visit the Dance Program website.

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 10AM - 5PM

Friday 10AM - 3PM

*On 11/22, 12/13, 12/26, 12/27 and 12/28 all offices will close at 3:00PM

**Our office is currently assisting students and prospective applicants at the Welcome Center, Rm 100 North Building (located on the first floor-main Hunter College campus)

Please direct all inquiries via:

Telephone: (212) 396-6049


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