No longer accepting applications for fall 2023.

The MFA in Dance is awarded by the Graduate College. The MFA is offered with an emphasis in choreography or performance.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines

Virtual Audition: Dec. 1. If selected, audition and interview via Zoom on Dec. 12, teaching video due Dec. 14.

On-campus Audition: Dec. 1. If selected, audition and interview on campus Jan. 30 and 31.

Virtual Audition: Feb. 27. If selected, audition and interview via Zoom on March 3, teaching video due March 3.

Application Procedures

The graduate application process has two steps

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email instructing you on how to upload your supporting documents and submit letters of recommendation. A few programs require materials be sent directly to them. However, almost all supplemental material can and should be uploaded from your Admissions Profile in MyUI, our online service center for applicants and students. You can only access this AFTER you have submitted your application.

GRE scores are not required for this program.

Degree Program Supplemental Materials

  • Complete resumé
  • A statement indicating the track to be pursued and why.
  • Application for Graduate Awards
  • Please submit 3 to 5 samples of your work in choreography or performance. All samples must be viewable online.
    • Choreography Track sample requirements: Must submit complete works. Minimum 10 minutes of choreography submitted in total. Maximum 30 minutes of choreography submitted in total.
    • Performance Track sample requirements: Minimum of three pieces submitted. They may be excerpts or complete works. Minimum 10 minutes of choreography submitted in total. Maximum 30 minutes of choreography submitted in total.
  • An on-campus audition is also required


The application requirement section of your Profile includes an electronic letter of recommendation feature. If your program of study requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders including their email on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email giving them instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

  • Three letters of recommendation

Materials to send to Admissions

  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile. If you are admitted, official transcripts will be required before your enrollment. For international records, all records should bear the original stamp or seal of the institution and the signature of a school official.  Documents not in English must be accompanied by a complete, literal, English translation, certified by the issuing institution.
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.

Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.


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The University of Iowa
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Iowa City, IA 52242

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