Dance, Master | Saint Mary's College of California | Moraga, United States
24 months
905 USD/credit 27150 USD/year
905 USD/credit 27150 USD/year
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The mission of the graduate Dance program at Saint Mary's College of California is to provide a unique model that capitalizes on the richness and diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area dance community.


Through the lens of a liberal arts curriculum, the MFA will educate the whole dance artist, concentrating on four areas of focus: Theoretical, Somatics, Creative Practice and Production. The nature of the program is student-centered, building on peer collaboration, faculty mentoring, and student-driven projects.

The values of the Dance program from Saint Mary's College of California, are shaped around the quest for truth, the authenticity of living, and the building of a community where sensitivity, social justice, and global awareness are at the core. 

Program Goals

  • To develop artists who are critically aware of the reciprocity of theory and practice, thereby promoting standards of excellence in dance practice and preparing for them for employment.
  • To enable artists to explore and reflect upon dance practice in its many forms, taking into account the social, cultural, aesthetic and political contexts in which performance practice is located.
  • To address complex issues creatively and systematically as well as develop the ability to problem-solve in a variety of artistic contexts through the engagement in practice-based research, including collaborative projects.
  • To develop one's potential for a range of practices in or associated with dance and research-based activity.
  • To enhance one's production experience and create dance artists who are capable of managing a business.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Methodologies for Dance
  • Special Study in Design: Student Elects a Specific Area of Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design
  • Scenery 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Prospective students can apply and begin at the start of any term, however this may vary the timing it takes to complete the program.


60 SCH


On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Supplemental Materials (see specific requirements below)
  • Your Personal Statement should be two (2) double-spaced typewritten pages.  Describe your background and current interests as a dancer and/or choreographer or a designer and/or technicican/manager, as well as your ability and commitment to undertake graduate education at this time.
  • Two letters of recommendation from people who are familiar with you and your work and your ability to undertake graduate school at this time.
  • One copy of official transcripts from the degree-granting colleges you have previously attended, with proof of a Bachelor’s degree.  (Please note on your application if the name on your transcript is different from your current name.)
  • A $50 application fee must accompany the online application.  Pay by credit card via the online application. (Please contact the Program Coordinator to receive an application fee waiver.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 905 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    27150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 905 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • per unit

Living costs for Moraga

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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