School of Dance
George Mason University
MS 3D4
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 993-1114



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MFA Program

The MFA program at George Mason is highly selective. Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Applicants must have a significant (5 years or more) professional experience at national and/or international level.

The MFA in dance is a 60 credit program of study grounded in the modern dance genre that emphasizes mastery in performance, choreography and teaching. Candidates are expected to enter the program with advanced technical proficiency in ballet or modern technique and professional competence in choreography exemplified by a significant body of work. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to the university. All candidates must satisfy the following prerequisites: advanced dance technique, improvisation, dance composition, dance history, anatomy/kinesiology and dance production. Prerequisite course may be completed concurrent with graduate study and are usually fulfilled if the applicant has earned a BA or BFA in dance. Requirements may also be fulfilled through professional experience.

Qualified applicants may be invited for an interview

For questions regarding the application process, please contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) admissions office at or 703-993-5576.  The CVPA Admissions Office is located at:

CVPA Graduate Admissions
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 1H4
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

MFA applicants must submit to the college admissions office:

and must submit to the School of Dance:

  • Vitae
  • Artistic statement including artistic goals
  • 10 minute Video link or DVD of original choreography

Contact the School of Dance at (703) 993-1114 or for further information.