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The world renowned Department of Dance comprises artists, scholars, and educators who train dancers on the graduate level for a wide variety of careers in the arts as choreographers, performers, teachers, and leaders in the dance field. The students in the highly selective programs excel not only in the studio and on stage, but also as critical thinkers and writers. Master’s program options include:

  • Master of Fine Arts in Dance
  • Master of Arts in Dance
  • Master of Arts in Dance with Initial PreK-12 Teacher Certification

Program Design and Requirements

  • The modern dance-centered program includes a variety of approaches to modern dance, as well as studio courses in ballet, contact improvisation and partnering, tap, African dance and drumming, and Irish dance.
  • Students explore the areas of choreography, dance history and theory, teaching methodologies, somatics, and movement analysis.
  • Graduate students perform in faculty and guest artist work, choreograph their own work, and assist in directing departmental touring performances.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of objectives
  • An audition
  • Master of Arts in Dance with Initial PreK-12 Teacher Certification Only. SUNY has adopted a new admission requirement for teacher preparation programs effective fall 2015. Anyone applying to the fall 2015 semester and beyond must take and submit scores for either the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) to be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines

  • April 15 for the fall semester
  • Students are admitted for the fall semester only

Career Opportunities

  • Faculty in Higher Education and PreK-12
  • Performers
  • Choreographers
  • Dance Administrators

Application Instructions | Apply Now

Program Contact


Mariah Maloney, MFA
Graduate Program Director
(585) 395-2493

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Last Updated 8/31/15