MFA Dance Admission & Application


An on-site audition is required for all MFA applicants. The audition will include movement classes to demonstrate technical and performance proficiency. Each prospective MFA student will be scheduled for a 20-30 minute individual interview with members of the faculty during the audition process. Applicants will open the interview with a brief presentation that highlights their interests in graduate work at UA and outlines possible areas of emphasis.

Auditions for acceptance into the program for the Fall 2020 academic year will be held on Oct 10-11, 2019 and Feb 27-28, 2020. Candidates are required to attend one of the audition sessions in Tuscaloosa for consideration.

To register for the audition, please email Lawrence Jackson at


Deadline for application submissions will be Sep 26, 2019 for Fall auditions and Feb 13, 2020 for spring auditions. Audition slots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. All materials in the document below should be uploaded via the UA Graduate School application process at least 2 weeks prior to the audition.

Admission Criteria and Process

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.
dancers in a dance class

Department Criteria

Statement of Purpose

Applicants will compose a one-page, single-spaced narrative, relating research and movement practice interests to pursuing a 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 candidates’ 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 lighting plots, dance notation, 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.

More Information

For more information, please contact Lawrence Jackson, Director of Dance, at