Your frequently asked questions, answered!

  1. I am interested in both programs. Is it possible to apply to both?
    Yes, students are welcome to apply for both programs. Students applying for both programs should submit one application that includes both a work sample for Creative Practice and a portfolio for Design and Production.
  2. Do I have to take the GRE?  No, the GRE is not required for applicants to the MFA Program in Dance.

  3. What is required for the application?  Please see detailed instructions on our application page
  4. How much is tuition?   Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $700 per unit. Tuition increases four percent each academic year.

  5. Is financial aid available?   Yes, please contact the Financial Aid Office. 
  6. Are scholarships available?  All admitted applicants are automatically considered for our merit based, partial tuition scholarship.

  7. What is the application deadline?   The priority application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is January 2, 2014. Applications will still be accepted after the deadline, and will be reviewed as space allows.

  8. How does the low-residency program for the Creative Practice emphasis work?  Students who are admitted to the low-residency option for the Creative Practice emphasis will take a majority of their courses during the months of June and January on Saint Mary's campus (3 Junes and 2 Januarys). Students will also enroll in courses during the fall and spring terms, but will complete their course work remotely.  Students will need to apply for the low-res option. This option isn't guarenteed, as it isn't in the best interest of every student.

  9. What is the difference between the low resiedency and high residency options for the Creative Practice emphasis?  Students who live near campus are able to immerse themselves in the program differently than low-res students.  High residency students are able to take a variety of technique and choreography courses during the fall and spring term, and are able to audition for the Saint Mary's Dance Company's dance concerts.  This option is good for the graduate student who is coming directly from their undergraduate degree, or artists that have been away from the studio for a while.  The low residency option favors working adults and motivated professionals who will only be taking courses on the SMC campus 2 months out of the year.
  10. How long do the programs take to complete, and when do they begin? Each program takes 2 years to complete: 3 June terms and 2 January terms as well as fall and spring terms. Courses are spread throughout the terms depending on the program emphasis. The program begins and ends with the summer term.

  11. When are the auditions for the Creative Practice emphasis?  The first audition for the applicants who make the priority deadline is January 18, 2014.  The audition is by invitation only.

  12. If I am accepted to the program, can I choose to defer my enrollment?

    If you are accepted to the program the option to defer for one academic year is a possibility. The admissions committee handles requests for deferment on a case-by-case basis. 

    To request a deferment you must file a Petition for Special Action. If your deferment is granted a non-refundable tuition deposit will be due approximately one month from the decision date.

    Please note there is no guarantee your petition to defer enrollment will be granted.  You will be notified in writing of your deferment decision.  Most importantly, deferments are granted for only one academic year and can only be requested once.

  13. Is there a low residency option for the Design and Production emphasis?  Our MFA degree does not have a low-res option for Design and Production.

14. What is the TOEFL score requirments for international students? Performance on the Test of English as  a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination for participants who  have received their undergraduate degree overseas. The TOEFL requirements: 550 Paper Based, 213 Computer Based, 79 - 80 New Internet Based. Please submit a scan or printed copy of the score report.

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