Application Guidelines

Application to the Duke University Graduate School is completed on-line via the Apply Yourself network.

Students seeking to receive a graduate degree from Duke University must be admitted to the Graduate School. Applicants to the Graduate School and the MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis are required to:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree) from an accredited institution.
  • Submit scanned electronic transcripts from all post-secondary school education.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a Research Proposal (2-4 pages) which covers the premise, purpose, methodology and direction of your interdisciplinary research during your Graduate study. We are aware that the proposal is likely to change during your studies. However, envision the impact of your proposal, and how Duke could support you in its realization.
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose which includes a personal history detailing one's practice and relationship to dance and/or choreography as well as what the applicant seeks to achieve through participation in the program. We encourage you to include specific information on past endeavors as well as potential projects that you wish to undertake during your study. 
  • Submit a document containing internet links that demonstrate your artistic and/or creative work to date. Provide a very short description of each link to specify the context when viewing the work. Relevant links can include videos, photographs, written interviews, blogs, websites, articles, reviews, etc.

  • International applicants must also provide official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Please note, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MFA in Dance.

To access the on-line application form and complete Graduate School application requirements, please visit the Duke Graduate School website.