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The University of Utah is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).
School of Dance
Minimum Degree Hours: 61
The Masters of Fine Arts in Modern Dance is a minimum 61-credit terminal degree, requiring three years of residency in the Department of Modern Dance to complete. The M.F.A. includes both a core curriculum and the ability to design a personalized course of study, leading the candidate toward completion of a creative thesis project, written thesis, and oral examination.
All applicants must complete and return a departmental application along with their application for admission to the University through the Admissions Office’s Apply Yourself web portal. All candidates must audition in person or make arrangements to do so by video, and they must have a B (3.0) average in the last two years of undergraduate work. International candidates must comply with all application procedures and deadlines, including meeting English-language proficiencies, as outlined by the University of Utah’s International Admissions Office. Accepted candidates for whom English is a second language may be required to take ESL classes through the International Teaching Assistant Program in addition to departmental coursework.
For the M.F.A. degree in Modern Dance a candidate must accrue a minimum of 61 graduate-level credits (5000 or above) of which 50 credit hours must be in the Department of Modern Dance. Coursework taken outside of the Department of Modern Dance must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. If a candidate is seen to lack necessary writing skills based on their first semester coursework, a writing course may be required. Deficiencies in any other curricular areas that the faculty identifies as needing to be addressed as per expectations of the M.F.A. degree may result in the candidate being required to take specific coursework specified by the faculty, as part of the candidate’s overall 61 required credits.
The Department of Modern Dance offers merit-based scholarships. Scholarships are usually awarded on a year-by-year basis. Entering graduate students are considered for these awards at the Department of Modern Dance audition. Continuing students are considered for scholarships on the basis of their record at the University. In order to receive a department scholarship, continuing students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better at the University of Utah and be in good academic standing in the department. If a continuing student goes into academic probation in the Department of Modern Dance, scholarships will not be renewed for the next semester. For continuing students interested in being considered for a department scholarship, please fill out an application in the spring semester. Graduate students may be offered a Teaching Assistantship or General Assistantship award. This includes a stipend at amounts determined by the Graduate School and Department; up to 12 credit hours per semester of graduate-level tuition paid at 50% - 100% instate rates; as well as instate tuition for any additional credits. Those students offered a 100% (TBP) are eligible for partially subsidized health insurance from the University of Utah. Additional costs for fees and premiums are not included in assistantship awards. International students receiving support must obtain/complete the following: current passport with a J-1 or F-1 visa, USA Social Security Card, pass the TOEFL, attend an International Teaching Assistantship training in August, and complete hiring paperwork with the Department Administrative Officer. Failure to fulfill any of these requirements will result in forfeiture of support.