36 months
34180 USD/year
34180 USD/year
14708 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Dance program of the University of Colorado at Boulder is designed to accommodate a variety of students, ranging from the practicing professional to the recent BA/BFA graduate.


The Dance program of the University of Colorado at Boulder develops students’ creative, performance, pedagogical and scholarly work. With an emphasis on embodied research, this degree positions participants for teaching careers in higher education and a great variety of careers in the field of dance, movement, entrepreneurship and arts administration.

Whereas an undergraduate degree provides a broad introduction to a field of study, an MFA is an intense immersion into a student's expertise and curiosities as an artist and scholar. Great transformations in learning are an expected part of the graduate school experience. The decision to pursue an MFA in dance indicates a hunger to embark upon the challenges, rewards and maturation this experience will bring.


The primary core MFA curriculum focuses on the development of the individual artistic voice in performance, choreography, teaching, research and writing. The presentation of new creative work is bolstered, augmented and enriched by the study of theory, history and many diverse artists of all dance genres and movement disciplines. The program is designed to be responsive to individual areas of interest and to ensure effective preparation for careers in academics and the professional arena.

Students are encouraged to think outside of the box in terms of course choices, creative pursuits and scholarly activities. A considerable number of the required credits consists of student-selected courses and electives, allowing for a great deal of freedom and individualized study. It is critical that a student work closely with their advisor in selecting courses in the dance curriculum, courses outside of the department and creating independent studies that will support the student's goals and secondary area of emphasis.

Learning Outcomes

  • To cultivate, clarify and develop each student’s artistic voice.
  • To prepare and empower students to pursue their strongest curiosities, expand their intellectual palate and help them distinguish skill sets to thrive in the application of their new knowledge, both in their graduate studies and in the professional world.
  • To investigate traditional and innovative approaches to movement generation, choreography and performance.
  • To deepen somatic awareness and increase fluency in a wide variety of dance disciplines.
  • To actively engage in dance research, with particular attention to discovering relationships between scholarship, creative work and embodied practice.
  • To examine pedagogical goals and strategies from aesthetic, cultural and anatomical perspectives.
  • To present choreography/creative work on a regular basis and to perform in the creative work of faculty, student peers and guest artists working in a variety of aesthetic and technical styles.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Concert Production
  • Dancing Histories: Sex, Gender and Race in U.S. Concert Dance
  • Advanced Dance Composition
  • Music and Dance Seminar: Collaboration
  • Choreography
  • Performance Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in dance, or equivalent dance experience with a degree in another field
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 and meet the Graduate School's Minimum Admission Requirements
  • Demonstrate proficiency in dance performance and choreography
  • Personal Statement
  • For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the application
  • GRE Test Scores
  • Official Test Scores on TOEFL or IELTS
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Nonrefundable $80 Application Fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    34180 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 34180 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    34180 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 34180 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    14708 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14708 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Boulder

950 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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