Requiring 60 credit hours of graduate-level courses (400 level and above), the MFA curriculum allows MFA candidates to design a course of study that supports their individual choreographic interests in collaboration with faculty mentors.

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MFA Curriculum


Design your physical practice through a global spectrum of aesthetics and dance forms including African- Caribbean, Ballet, Capoeira, Contemporary, Hip-hop, House, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Umfundalai and Vogue; and Somatics courses such as Alexander, Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering, Bartenieff or Yoga.


Create dance works for state-of-the art stages at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, or produce your work in site-specific concerts/spaces.


Dive deep into your thesis project (performance, written and oral components) as a synthesis of your choreographic and academic research.

Cross Disciplines

Pursue interdisciplinary studies in world-class centers such as the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, Arnold O. and Mabel M.Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems program, and the Siebel Center for Design Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.

Build a Sustainable Career

Pursue a graduate minor in fields such as African American Studies, Cinema Studies, Latino/Latina Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies. Gain a Yoga Certification in the yoga certification program. Alexander Technique and Pilates certifications are available in Urbana-Champaign.

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