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