MFA Dance Admission & Application


Auditions for acceptance into the MFA in Dance program for the academic year of 2024-25 will be as follows.

October 19-20, 2023

February 29-March 1, 2024

Audition Registration and Deadlines

To register for an audition, email Sarah M. Barry at with the audition date you plan to attend.  She will then communicate with you about the specific schedule for the audition days and can help with your graduate application and share other expectations regarding the audition process. Prospective students will participate in movement and lecture courses, meet other graduate students, and interview with faculty. It is best to contact Sarah well before the audition date as your materials/application to graduate school must by submitted by the deadlines listed below. This allows the faculty time to review your materials before your on-campus visit.

Prospective students must register for the Fall auditions by October 6, 2023.

Prospective students must register for the Spring auditions by February 16, 2024.

Admission Criteria and Process

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Prospective students apply through The University of Alabama’s Graduate School.

Acceptance into the Department of Theatre and Dance (MFA) program requires the fulfillment both of general criteria established by the UA Graduate School as well as particular criteria established by the department.

GRE scores are not required.

Department Criteria

Statement of Purpose

Applicants will compose a one-page, single-spaced narrative, relating research and movement practice interests to pursuing an MFA degree within the UA program. The essay should situate candidates within the field at the present time, gathering significant details of candidates’ previous experiences, clarifying current involvement and interest in dance, and speculating about the candidates’ future intentions within the field. Reviewers are interested in getting to know something about the candidates as dance professionals through this writing.

Curriculum Vitae

This document should accurately reflect candidate’s completed educational background and all of their professional and related experiences to date. Document should be thorough and comprehensive.

Work Samples

Candidates will list Vimeo, YouTube or similar resources as hyperlinks in a Word or PDF attachment. These samples should demonstrate candidates’ expertise and interests, such as excerpts of choreography, documentation of performances, samples of dance notation or evidence of restating dance works, or dance media projects.

Writing Sample

The dance faculty will review writing samples to determine applicants’ potential research and creative interests and to assess their competency as writers. Candidates will submit a substantive piece of writing, one that demonstrates their thoughtfulness and capacity to handle language with fluency. This writing submission must be at least four pages double-spaced but no more than 20 pages; this might take the form of a critical review, process paper, or scholarly essay.

Letters of Recommendation

At least three (3) letters of recommendation must be submitted. Letters should speak to candidates’ artistic and academic strengths. At least two letters should be from someone at an academic institution (past or present) who can speak to these strengths, even if previous academic work was not in dance.


Unofficial transcripts will be required to apply. Official transcripts from prior institutions will be required after admission/acceptance.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available for the 2024-2025 year. For more info about graduate funding, please email Sarah M. Barry at

More Information

For more information, please contact Sarah M. Barry, Director of the MFA in Dance program at