The Department of Theatre and Dance offers undergraduate degree programs in Dance (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts), Music Theatre (Bachelor of Fine Arts), and Theatre (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts) with concentrations in Performance and Design and Technology. In addition to our Bachelor’s programs, Theatre and Dance also offers a Theatre Minor; we do not offer a Dance minor.
Acceptance into the department varies by program, with specific instructions below. All programs require academic acceptance into the university through the Office of Admissions. Current students wishing to transfer in must be in good academic standing with the university, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Fall of Senior Year (or semester prior to transferring): Register for Departmental Audition and Submit Departmental Application to Major.
March: Students will be notified by the Department of their audition or interview results.
By May 1st: Notify the University and the Department of your decision.
Students should audition prior to their matriculation at the University at Buffalo. Please do not wait to be accepted by the university before auditioning. Students must be accepted both academically by the Office of Admissions and departmentally by an audition or interview in order to join the Dance Program, the Music Theatre program, or the Theatre BFA programs.
The Department of Theatre and Dance offers the following graduate degrees: a Masters of Fine Art (MFA) in Dance, a Masters of Art (MA) in Theatre and Performance, and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Theatre and Performance. All programs require submission of an online application; the MFA Dance program also requires an audition.
MFA in Dance: December 1
MA in Theatre and Performance: February 1
PhD in Theatre and Performance: January 15
The following deadlines are for full financial consideration. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis after these dates. All three programs admit students into the fall semester only.
Prospective students must complete and submit an online application for the MA or PhD in Theatre and Performance program.
Applicants to the Master’s program must have a conferred undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants to the PhD program must have a conferred undergraduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and Master’s level degree.
GRE scores are required for application to the PhD in Theatre and Performance.
All programs require international students to submit TOEFL scores (or equivalent tests) that meet the university minimum for acceptance.
The PhD in Theatre and Performance requires language proficiency that can be satisfied during study at UB.
Teaching Assistantships (TAs) are available for applicants to the MFA and PhD Programs.
PhD applicants are automatically considered for a Teaching Assistantship with the submission of a program application.
MFA applicants must submit additional information with their program application by the published deadline for consideration of an assistantship. Qualified applicants will be invited to audition for an available MFA Teaching Assistantship. All TA applicants are required to attend an on-campus audition, or submit a digital audition if permitted by the Director of Graduate Dance.
Departmental awards are available for graduate students through the Steig Olson Fund. Applicants will be considered for funding as part of the admission review process. No additional forms are necessary.