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Undergraduate Admissions

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. 

How to Apply to BA or BFA in Dance

  1. University Application: Submit an application to the University at Buffalo through our Office of Admissions
  2. Departmental Application: Download the following Department of Theatre and Dance application and submit a completed form to td-theatredance@buffalo.edu. Please put your name in the subject heading and include the semester and year to which you are applying in the body of the email.
  3. Audition: Attend a departmental audition. Interested students can register for an audition online. Auditions should occur prior to matriculation at UB (typically in your Senior Year). Current students who wish to audition should speak to the Academic Manager regarding time to degree completion.

    Students must be accepted both by the University via the online application and by the department via an audition. 

  4. BFA Program: Students who are accepted by audition enter the BA Dance program. Students who successfully complete their first year in the BA Dance program can audition for the BFA Dance program at the start of their second year. 

How to Apply to BFA in Music Theatre or BFA in Theatre Performance

  1. University Application: Submit an application to the University at Buffalo through our Office of Admissions
  2. Departmental Application: Download the following Department of Theatre and Dance application and submit a completed form to td-theatredance@buffalo.edu. Please put your name in the subject heading and include the semester and year to which you are applying in the body of the email.
  3. Audition: Attend a departmental audition. Interested students can register for an audition online. Auditions should occur prior to matriculation at UB (typically in your Senior Year). Current students who wish to audition should speak to the Academic Manager regarding time to degree completion.

    Students must be accepted both by the University via the online application and by the department via an audition. 

How to Apply to BFA in Theatre Design and Technology

  1. University Application: Submit an application to the University at Buffalo through our Office of Admissions
  2. Departmental Application: Download the following Department of Theatre and Dance application and submit a completed form to td-theatredance@buffalo.edu. Please put your name in the subject heading and include the semester and year to which you are applying in the body of the email.
  3. Portfolio Interview: Submit a portfolio for review and sign up for a departmental interview. Interested students can register online for an interview 

    Students must be accepted both by the University via the online application and by the department via an audition. 

How to Apply to BA in Theatre or Minor in Theatre

  1. Incoming students should submit an application to the University at Buffalo through our Office of Admissions
  2. Download the following Department of Theatre and Dance application and submit a completed form to td-theatredance@buffalo.edu. Please put your name in the subject heading and include the semester and year to which you are applying in the body of the email.

Recommended Timeline

Fall of Senior Year (or semester prior to transferring): Register for Departmental Audition and Submit Departmental Application to Major. 

By December 31st (for fall applicants): Submit a UB application to the Admissions Office. A completed application includes all test scores, transcripts, etc. 

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. 

Contact

Katie Mallinson

281 Alumni Arena

Phone: (716) 645-6318

kamallin@buffalo.edu

Academic Manager
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Admissions

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. 

Application Deadlines

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. 

How to Apply: MA or PhD in Theatre and Performance

  1. Prospective students must complete and submit an online application for the MA or PhD in Theatre and Performance program. 

  2. Applications must include
    • Personal Statement (1-2-page statement outlining your professional goals and research interests)
    • Unofficial academic transcripts (official transcripts must be submitted upon acceptance)
    • Academic Writing Sample 
    • Portfolio of Creative Activities 
    • Current CV or Resume
    • Three Letters of Recommendation 
    • Current GRE Scores (PhD ONLY)
    • Non-refundable application fee of $75 

How to Apply: MFA in Dance

  1. Prospective students must complete and submit an online application for the MFA Dance program.  
  2. Applications must include 
    • Personal Statement (1-2-page statement outlining your professional goals and research interests) 
    • Unofficial academic transcripts (official transcripts must be submitted upon acceptance) 
    • Academic Writing Sample 
    • Digital work samples of original choreography (Please provide a document with descriptions of the works and URL links with start and end points indicated. No more than 10 minutes will be reviewed).  
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your creative work as a performer, choreographer, or student.  
    • Current CV or Resume 
    • Non-Refundable application fee of $75  
  3. Register for the MFA Dance auditions: an audition is required in addition to the online application for acceptance into the program 
    • Online application and audition registration form must be received prior to audition.  
    • Video Auditions: In person auditions are recommended; however, if you are an international applicant or are not able to attend live auditions, please submit the following additional materials through your online application, either as direct video uploads or links to online videos. If selected, a Skype interview will be arranged. Any upload issues can be sent to Rachel Macklin Olszewski at rachelol@buffalo.edu
      • Video Link: 3-minute solo of original choreography with description 
      • Video Link: Video of you taking a dance class (Modern and Ballet preferred) 
      • Video Link: Video of you teaching class of any genre – adults preferred (Teaching Assistant Applicants only) 
  4. MFA applicants interested in being considered for a TA position must submit the following additional information with their application:  
    • A list of teaching experience (ages, dates, styles, locations) 
    • A list of arts administration or production experience (locations, duties) 
    • An additional essay detailing your teaching philosophy and reasons for seeking a teaching assistantship. Please include your teaching influences and how an assistantship would fit with your career goals.  

Prerequisites

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.

Testing Information

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. 

Language Requirements

The PhD in Theatre and Performance requires language proficiency that can be satisfied during study at UB. 

Teaching Assistantships and Awards

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. 

Contact

Rachel Olszewski.
Rachel Macklin Olszewski

280A Alumni Arena

Phone: (716) 645-6076

rachelol@buffalo.edu

Graduate Programs Assistant
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences