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Master of Fine Arts in Dance

Master of Fine Arts in Dance

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
The master of fine arts is a rigorous terminal degree. Prescribed components provide a foundation upon which each student builds an individualized degree. Flexible emphases, supported by faculty expertise, permit elective areas of study in performance, choreography, collaboration, education, history, contemporary issues, and dance science. The program emphasizes modern dance with ballet as a strong supporting area. The MFA program requires at least three years of study in residence. Full-time students with adequate undergraduate preparation can complete an MS or MA degree program in two years if their area of specialization is designated during the first year. Students who enter with background deficiencies or who lack a specific focus for the thesis or final project typically take more than two years to complete an MS or MA degree. Work for a master’s degree must be completed within a period of seven years. This includes credits transferred from another institution and the thesis or final project. Goals: The MFA in dance is designed to develop individual creative and scholarly talents, interests, and philosophies that can be used to expand and preserve our cultural heritage; individuals with the potential to solve contemporary problems in dance and to explore and address new questions and issues; professional competence in the dissemination of knowledge, including the logical, verbal, and written presentation of aesthetic ideas; scholarly competence in the organization, evaluation, and interpretation of knowledge; professional competence as reflected in a significant body of artistic work.