Dance, Master | University of California, Irvine (UCI) | Irvine, United States
24 months
33619 USD/year
33619 USD/year
18517 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Looking for the next step in your dance career? Consider pursuing the Dance program at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to secure your future in the dance world. You can expand your creativity while finding fresh choreographic inspiration and exploring other aspects of dance from a variety of perspectives.


About the Program

UCI offers funding to dynamic MFA candidates with a significant dance background and a curiosity to learn more. Most MFA in Dance students are awarded support, along with opportunities to work with one of the most talented undergraduate pools of dancers anywhere. Financial aid for our two-year program comes in the form of fee fellowships, non-resident tuition fellowships, and employment as teaching associates and graduate student researchers.

Graduates of the Dance program at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have entered diverse job markets, securing college and university faculty positions or jobs at private studios and conservatories; starting their own dance companies; pursuing Ph.D. degrees in dance or health/wellness certificates; and increasing their opportunities for choreography with newly strengthened creative skills.

In their two years of study, students take a variety of classroom and studio courses, with attention to connecting the mind and the body, expanding dance literacy and the toolbox of skills, and fostering creativity in new choreographic work. The thesis project takes up much of the second year. Most students create a choreographic work and write a thesis paper, while others pursue thesis projects in dance education, dance history, or dance science.

We seek a diverse, enthusiastic pool of applicants with a substantial background in dance and a passion to learn. We have welcomed professional dancers, teachers, choreographers, Fulbright scholars, as well as recent graduates to our MFA program. Applications for admission to the MFA are due in January, with the audition at the end of that month. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Kinesiology for Dance
  • Musical Resources
  • Teaching of Dance Techniques
  • Dance and Video Technology
  • Graduate Choreography
  • Movement Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the M.F.A. in Dance must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate studies and hold a B.A. or B.F.A. in Dance or the equivalent.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) is required.
  • Transcripts.
  • Letters of reference.
  • An interview with the faculty and an audition in dance technique and choreography are required.
  • The technique and choreography audition will be by video.
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English for admission consideration.

Tuition Fee

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    33619 USD/year
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  • National

    33619 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33619 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    18517 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18517 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Irvine

1560 - 2585 USD /month
Living costs

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