Application to the MFA in Dance

Your application to the MFA consists of the following:

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If you are starting a new application please apply here

  • Our admission is rolling, so you can apply at any time.. 
  • We are currently encouraging students to submit applications for both the Creative Practice and Design & Production programs to start in January 2023 and Spring 2023. 
  • Supplemental Materials are due at the time of application (see specific requirements below).

  • Our deadline is Friday, December 16th, 2022 by 5pm for a January 2023 start. 

  • 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 technicican/manager, as well as your ability and commitment to undertake graduate education at this time.
  • Two letters of recommendation from people who are familiar with you and your work and your ability to undertake graduate school at this time.

  • One copy of official transcripts from the degree-granting colleges you have previously attended, with proof of a Bachelor’s degree.  (Please note on your application if the name on your transcript is different from your current name.)

  • 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.)

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

Supplemental materials may be submitted through the online application but can 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


For Both Programs; Creative Practice and Design & Production

Please submit the following sample of writing: Watch a live performance or video of either a well known theater or dance performance, or one which you can provide a working link to which one could watch the work and write a 3 to 5 page paper discussing the cultural and historical context of the work.  Use 12-point font, double spaced.

MFA in Dance: Creative Practice 

Please submit a sample of choreography.  Limit the sample to 10 minutes.  Include a full dance, or section of a work.  Excerpts are also accepted.  Acceptable forms include DVD, Vimeo, or website (DVDs should be properly labeled and mailed to the address above, weblinks should be submitted via email to   Please include a self-addressed, postage paid envelope if you wish your work samples to be returned.


Written support materials for Work Sample in 12-point font with the following information:
Year of premiere
Design credits
Short description of the dance

MFA in Dance: Design and Production

Please submit either a physical portfolio via standard mail to the address above or a digital portfolio via email to Portfolios should demonstrate the applicant's strengths and breadth in the areas of design and/or production and may include a wide range of artistic/production disciplines including: photography, visual art, graphic/video design, theatrical design, project management, etc. Students are encouraged to submit a digital portfolio whenever possible; physical portfolios will only be returned to the applicant if requested and either self-addressed packaging and return postage accompanies the portfolio or the applicant arranges to retrieve it in person.  Once portfolio materials have been reviewed applicants may be contacted for an interview. Interviews may be held in person or via video conference.