At a Glance

Thanks for your interest in our MFA Program in Dance.  Here's some basic information about our unique program.  You'll find more information when you click on the red cross next to "In this section" above. 

The Mission of our program:   The mission of the graduate program in dance is to provide a unique model that capitalizes on the richness and diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area dance community. Through the lens of a liberal arts curriculum, the MFA will educate the whole dance artist, concentrating on four  areas of focus: Theoretical, Somatics, Creative Practice and Production. The nature of the program is student-centered, building on peer collaboration, faculty mentoring, and student-driven projects.

The values of our program are shaped around the quest for truth, authenticity of living, and the building of a community where sensitivity, social justice, and global awareness are at the core. Dance artists are the newest members of the global arena--imitating, creating, and challenging what society has to offer.  The graduate programs in dance seek to foster self-discovery and promote an understanding of dance as a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary practice in which the body of the performer(s), the movement of the choreographer(s), the scenery, the costumes, and the lighting create a cohesive world for dance.

MFA Degrees: We offer 2 degrees:  Creative Practice and Design & Production for Dance.

Length of program: Both programs take 2 years to complete and have 60 units of course work.

Start term: There is one start term per year which is in June. 

Cohort model: A new group of students, who travel the 2 year program together, enters the program at the beginning of every June.

Priority Deadline: Applications are reviewed beginning December 1st each year.

Low Residency: There is a low residency option for the Creative Practice degree.  Please see the FAQ for more information about the low residency.

I searched for an MFA in Dance program that would allow me to continue employment. I finally found one at Saint Mary’s College. The college is over 2000 miles from where I live but what the program offers far outweighs the distance.

Tuition: Currently tuition is $890 per unit.  Per unit tuition increases by approximately 5% every June.

Certificates: In addition to our 2 degrees we also offer 6 different certificates

Number of students: We admit 12 students across the 2 programs every June.

Funding your Graduate Degree: Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Faculty: The faculty at Saint Mary’s College approach dance from a holistic model. We integrate mind, body, and spirit in a nurturing and positive atmosphere.

Guest Faculty: The program hosts numerous distinguished guest faculty.