Apply to the MFA ProgramTo be eligible for admission to the program, prospective students must complete all items on the application checklist (available by contacting Applications are submitted to the Graduate College. The application deadline for the 2021–2022 academic year is December 1, 2020. Late applications will not be considered. Select students will be invited to audition after evaluation of their submitted materials. Attendance at the MFA audition session, scheduled for February 1011, 2021, is required to be eligible for admittance to the program. Auditions will take place entirely over Zoom. Links will be provided closer to the audition session in February. We regret that special audition dates cannot be scheduled.

Admission Requirements

  1. An undergraduate degree in dance is preferred, but we do accept students with undergraduate degrees in other subjects. Depending on their backgrounds and skills, students may be expected to complete other dance requirements during their MFA studies.
  2. Demonstrated choreographic ability, creative and intellectual curiosity, and an appetite for discovery.
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, computed from the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and any graduate work completed. International students must take the TOEFL. Minimum requirements are available from the Graduate College. The GRE is not required.
  4. International applicants must satisfy the full status admissions requirement for the TOEFL. 

Application Procedures

  1. Contact for the application checklist.
  2. Complete all items on the application checklist in the order that they appear.
  3. Submit the graduate assistantship application.
  4. Submit the choreographic work samples form.

Audition Schedule

  • Participation in contemporary technique and improvisation class
  • Presentation of solo choreography
  • MFA program orientation
  • Krannert Center and Media Lab tours
  • Faculty-led discussion with current graduate students followed by lunch with graduate students only
  • Open Q&A
  • Video viewing of MFA concerts
  • Personal and teaching interviews

Financial Aid

Dance at Illinois offers teaching and administrative assistantships. All students awarded an assistantship must attempt to qualify for the Federal Work-Study Program by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Graduate College hosts a comprehensive list of fellowships, scholarships, grants, loan programs, and awards available to students.

For current tuition and fee rates, consult the Office of the Registrar. Details about salaries for graduate assistants and taxation of tuition waivers are available from Academic Human Resources.