Application and Audition for the MFA Program


Please see the information below in order to prepare for the Autumn 2023 application! Please email if you have additional questions.

In order to give us time to prepare for your audition we ask that you complete the Ohio State Graduate Admission/Dance Audition application by November 1, 2022. Please endeavor to have all materials, including references and transcripts, submitted by this date. 

Audition Information

In-person audition events will be on Friday-Saturday, January 13-14, 2023, by invitation only. Applicants will be notified by December 9, 2022, if they are invited to audition. We are currently planning for an in-person audition process, COVID-depending. The schedule will be finalized in December with the invitation to attend. 

Each prospective MFA student will be scheduled for a twenty-minute individual interview with a member of the faculty during the audition process. Applicants will open the interview with a brief presentation that highlights their interests in graduate work at Ohio State and outlines possible areas of emphasis.

Procedure for Entrance

An audition and interview is required for all MFA applicants. We look forward to seeing all auditionees at our audition events! Acceptance into the Department of Dance MFA program requires admission to the university graduate school as well as admission to the department. Applicants must complete application procedures for both the Graduate Admissions Office and the Department of Dance. There is only one application to complete, which is reviewed by the Department of Dance faculty, and all MFA applicants are expected to attend the January audition unless other arrangements are made with the Academic Program Coordinator. Applicants are notified of the admission decision in late January.

Please note: All components of the application must be completed and received by the deadline date before a review of any materials can take place.

Admission Requirements

Complete the single, combined Graduate School Admission and Dance Audition Application online.

All materials are to be submitted electronically. Please do not send additional hard copies of supporting materials. You will be asked to upload the following documents. Please note that you are encouraged to submit the application well before the deadline and then return to upload supporting documents at any time prior to the deadline so that your recommenders receive information to submit their recommendations online.

For technical assistance, contact the Graduate Admissions Office; for further questions, contact the Dance Academic Program Coordinator. Please allow Graduate Admissions and Dance several business days to process your documents and update the checklist in your Applicant Center; your patience is appreciated.

  1. Scanned copy of an official transcript for all universities/institutions attended for review purposes. If admitted, you will need to request an official transcript be sent directly from the institution(s) to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  2. Autobiographical Statement: Compose a brief but engaging narrative, relating your research and movement practice interests to pursuing a degree in our program. Your essay should situate you within the field at the present time, gathering significant details of your previous experience, clarifying your current involvement and interest in dance, and speculating about your future intentions within the field. We are interested in getting to know something about you as a dance professional through this writing: what have you done that has led you here, how do you articulate your aesthetic sensibility, what do you hope to accomplish in your studies?
  3. Please note: IF Dance nominates you for a Fellowship, this narrative will also be included in the application packet, which is forwarded to the University Fellowship Committee, and as such should provide a compelling account to a committee of readers from diverse disciplines. Please keep the length to 1-2 pages single-spaced or 3-4 pages double-spaced.
  4. Curriculum Vitae: This document should accurately reflect your completed educational background and all of your professional and related experiences to date. Please be thorough and comprehensive, as your C.V. is critical in our determination of appropriate potential fellowship nomination.
  5. Portfolio: List Vimeo, YouTube or similar resources as hyperlinks in a Word or PDF attachment. These work samples should demonstrate your expertise and interests, such as excerpts of your choreography, documentation of your performance, samples of your lighting plots, dance notation or dance media projects. All materials must be accompanied by a clearly written legend identifying the contents, including title, order of materials, date and explicit identification of your contribution. Please also guide reviewers by identifying yourself in performance clips that include more than one person, giving brief context to the work, etc. Film clips may be edited or unedited and there is no time limit.
  6. Writing Sample: The Graduate Studies committee reviews writing samples to determine applicants’ potential research and creative interests and to assess their competency as writers. Please submit a substantive piece of writing, one that demonstrates your thoughtfulness and capacity to handle language with fluency. Your submission may be about 4 pages double-spaced but no more than 20 pages; this might take the form of a critical review, process paper, or scholarly essay. 
  7. At least three letters of recommendation must be submitted. Letters should speak your artistic and academic strengths. We ask that at least two letters should be from someone at an academic institution (past or present) who can speak to these strengths, even if your previous academic work was not in Dance. Recommendations should be chosen carefully as they are reviewed for both admission and potential funding. Instructions for online submission of reference letters will be emailed to your recommenders after you submit the online application and application fee. You may manage REMINDERS and/or send instructions to new recommenders from your Applicant Center.  You may select more than three recommenders if you wish, and those recommenders may email their letter on letterhead as a file attachment to
  8. Please note that you are encouraged submit the application first, and return later to upload the documents listed above as they are ready, with all materials submitted by the deadline. 
  9. Please note IF you request an application fee waiver, you must have proof of eligibility ready for review (which may or may not be approved). Otherwise your submitted application will be delayed; please allow up to 10 business days for processing. If the waiver not approved, you will need to change your request in your Applicant Center and plan to resubmit with payment.

NOTE: GRE scores ARE NOT REQUIRED unless your cumulative undergraduate GPA is calculated as below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale by the Graduate Admissions Office. If your cumulative undergraduate grade point average is below 3.0, you must take the GRE. If you attended an institution that used the Pass/Non-Pass system, you must also take a GRE. If you have GRE scores, they are optional and you may submit them to the Graduate Admissions Office (institution code 1592). If you have not completed the GRE, it is not required unless your cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). 

University Fellowship

Consideration for University Fellowship is based on excellence in previous academic work and artistic work, and is evidenced by official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate academic institutions, a statement of purpose, and three letters of reference. Please note: While the University Fellowship requires a minimum 3.6 cumulative point-hour ratio (on the 4.0 scale) in all previous undergraduate coursework, it is at the discretion of the Dance Graduate Studies Committee who they will nominate based on application materials and audition results. It is essential that all application materials be received by both the Graduate School and the Department of Dance by the deadline date in order to be considered for a University Fellowship.

International Applicants

In addition, International applicants must have completed the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or equivalent within the last two years. Please send all scores to the Graduate Admissions Office (institution code 1592) or see their website for more information.