Applying to the MFA in Dance

Applying to the MFA in Dance Applying to the MFA in Dance

Application Procedure

If you are starting a new application please apply here.

  • We are currently accepting applications for the Creative Practice program to start in Summer 2023 with our 4-week in-person June intensives (tentatively scheduled for 6/5-6/30).
  • Our Priority deadline is March 31st, 2023 and our general deadline is May 1st, 2023 by 5pm for a Summer 2023 start.

Required Materials

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded for initial application review but all applicants must submit official transcripts for all higher education institutions if accepted into the program. Official digital transcripts can be sent to
  • Personal Statement: 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 technician/manager, as well as your ability and commitment to undertake graduate education at this time.
  • Resume/CV
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from people who are familiar with you and your work and your ability to undertake graduate school at this time.
  • Application Fee: 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.)
  • Writing Sample: Students must submit a 3 to 5 page paper discussing a well-known theater or dance performance (live or video) while analyzing the cultural and historical context of the work. Use 12-point font, double spaced.
  • Choreography Sample: Please submit a sample of choreography ranging from 1 to 10 minutes. Include a full dance or section of a work—excerpts are also accepted. Preferred forms include YouTube or Vimeo but we can accept physical media if needed.

Please note that the MFA in Dance Program does not require applicants to submit Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores.

Application materials can be uploaded in your Saint Mary's online application but they may also be submitted either digitally to or via standard mail to the address below. Please be sure to clearly indicate your full name on all materials so that they can be linked to your online application. All materials submitted should be mailed to:

MFA in Dance
Saint Mary’s College
ATTN: Application Materials
PMB 3001
Moraga, CA 94575

School and Department Information

Rogelio Lopez
Program Director, Graduate Programs in Dance

Collin Skeen
Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment