University of Washington

24 months
18978 USD/year
10588 USD/year
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The Dance degree from University of Washington that prepares dance artists (who've had a minimum of eight years professional performance experience) for entry into the academic setting. 

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This full two-year Dance degree from University of Washington begins in mid June and runs for two years including the interim summer months. It is an intensive, yet reflective period, during which M.F.A. candidates are supported in the development of an academic dimension to their creative work in dance. M.F.A. candidates receive a tuition waiver and earn a monthly stipend in exchange for working as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Dance.

Dance faculty work with M.F.A. candidates to develop an individualized course of study. Three seminars taken in the first year provide the opportunity to investigate the relationship of dance to higher education, learn the nuts and bolts of dance administration and engage in rigorous scholarship that contributes new areas of knowledge to the field of dance studies. Courses in production, dance technology and composition provide additional support for the transition into university teaching and production of new creative work.

Graduate students also perform annually with The Chamber Dance Company (CDC), the resident modern dance company of the University of Washington. CDC provides an opportunity to work with their peers in the reconstruction and restaging of historic and contemporary dances.

Interdisciplinary study is another foundation of the M.F.A. curriculum. Graduate students complete courses in other disciplines that support the development and teaching of their Masters Project—an upper division academic course. As a leading research institution, the University of Washington provides a fertile environment for inquiry into many dance–related areas including anatomy, aesthetics, anthropology, history/criticism and digital technology.

Since the inception of the degree in 1990, graduates have achieved immense success in the fields of education, performance, choreography, administration and production. Graduates have been recipients of prestigious grants and awards including a National Dance Project Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Alumni have secured positions at numerous state and public institutions of higher learning, including: University of Utah, Sonoma State University, Bucknell College, Bates College, University of South Florida, Texas Women’s University, George Mason University, Bryn Mawr, Cornish College for the Arts, University of Nebraska, University of Washington, University of Western Washington, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, the Northwest School and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

The UW Department of Dance is committed to making a performer’s transition into university teaching a rich and supportive experience.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Chamber Dance Production
  • Dance Research Methods
  • Dance in Higher Education
  • Dance Administration
  • Choreographer/Composer Collaboration
  • Choreographer/Composer Collaboration Performance
  • Dance Production Seminar
  • Master's Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
120 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

All aspects of the application are submitted online, including:

  • Statement of purpose of 1-2 pages in length outlining professional dance experience, reasons for seeking an MFA degree at the UW, and career expectations.
  • Current resume.
  • One performance link (maximum 10 minutes - Vimeo/YouTube) demonstrating a range of technical and performance accomplishments. Please only provide one link.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18978 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9489 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    10588 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5294 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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