MFA Curriculum

The MFA in Dance requires two years of full-time enrollment, which includes both fall and spring semesters and a summer term during Year I. The MFA program requires the completion of 48 course units, 27 of which are graded course units in Dance and 21 in disciplines relevant to their experience and research interests. This curricular distribution insures the interdisciplinary depth and reach of their MFA research actions. Non-dance electives are identified in close dialogue with faculty advisors. Throughout Year II, and particularly in the early spring, students present the practical components of their theses and submit a written thesis (30-50 pages) to defend with their elected thesis committee.

Additionally, students who have interest can pursue Duke’s Graduate Certificate in African & African American Studies alongside their Dance curricular requirements.

Students of the MFA in Dance can also choose to pursue Duke’s Certificate in College Teaching as part of their electives.