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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 TOEFL/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.

Virtual Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 10AM - 5PM

Friday 10AM - 3PM

*Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the graduate admissions team is working remotely

Please direct all inquiries via:

Telephone: (212) 396-6049


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