Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Dance

MFA-Dance Application Requirements

Application for graduate admission in dance must be completed by May 1.
Standard admission requirements:

  1. The MFA in Dance Graduate Application. The application should be mailed directly to the Department of Dance Graduate Studies. Graduate Application - Dance Download (PDF)  
  2. The application for Graduate Admission. This is available online or from the Butler University Graduate Admission Office. There is a $35 application fee; this fee is waived if the application is filed online.
  3. A portfolio of original choreographic creative work in DVD form is also required for admission.  DVD must contain a minimum of three pieces and demonstrates choreography in both solo and group form.  Fully produced work is preferred but studio presentation is acceptable.   
  4. An official transcript from each college or university previously attended. These must be mailed directly from the issuing institution to the Butler University Graduate Admission Office. An undergraduate degree must be completed before graduate study can begin.
  5. Three letters of recommendation. The letters must be on letterhead stationery that reflects the place of employment of the person providing the recommendation; the recommender should comment on the applicant's dance and academic abilities. The letters should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Butler University
4600 Sunset Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46208-3485
  1. For international students, a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test) is required. In addition, the applicant must demonstrate financial resources sufficient to meet all education and living expenses prior to visa issuance. Additional details are available from the Admission Office at 317-940-8100 or toll-free at 888-940-8100.
    1. If the undergraduate degree is from an American university, or from a country where English is the official language, there is no TOEFL requirement. This requirement is also waived for students who successfully complete the highest level of English instruction at the American Language Academy (ALA). Also acceptable is an IELTS (International English Language training System) score of 6.0.
    2. To clarify, the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State require non-immigrant students to demonstrate financial resources sufficient to meet all education and living expenses for at least one year of study prior to visa issuance.