24 months
1458 USD/credit 43740 USD/year
1458 USD/credit 43740 USD/year
1095 USD/credit 32850 USD/year
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The Master of Fine Arts in Dance in Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University is designed for dance students and artists who seek a deeper understanding of dance as a performing art and mode of inquiry. 


Through the Dance interdisciplinary curriculum at Temple University, you’ll advance your artistic practice while interacting with cultural, political and social perspectives of dance. Graduates pursue careers in artistic direction and choreography, as well as dance administration, advocacy, entrepreneurship, research, writing and teaching in higher education.  

  • challenge your artistic viewpoints and directions;
  • create, interpret, and present dance works;
  • participate fully in choreographic research and production; and
  • refine your critical thinking skills in relation to current discourses in dance.

You’ll acquire holistic knowledge of multiple perspectives in the field, engage with the evolving aesthetics and pedagogies of professional dance practices, and research your personal artistic qualities and style. 

The curriculum is offered on a full-time or part-time basis, and it is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Coursework enables you to:

Future career

Upon completion of the Dance MFA program, you’ll better understand the role dance plays in your own life and in a pluralistic, global society. You’ll hone your skills as a choreographer and performing artist for professional careers in

  • arts administration,
  • dance,
  • higher education or
  • theater.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Performance Environments I: Dance Production
  • Educational Inquiry in Dance
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Research Methods in Dance
  • The Creative Process and the Dance Symbol
  • Corporeal Improvisation
  • Movement Theater Workshop

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Complete online application
  • Letters of Reference: 2
  • Coursework Required for Admission Consideration
  • Statement of Goals: In two pages or less, detail your focus and artistic vision in dance. The M.F.A. faculty reviews this document in relation to the audition, choreographic showing, and resume to determine your fit with the M.F.A. program and what the faculty can offer. Curiosity and openness are sought.
  • Resume: A resume detailing experience in dance, art, education, scholarship, and/or public leadership is required.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1458 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    43740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1458 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    32850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1095 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 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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