MFA Curriculum

The MFA in Dance requires two years of full time enrollment in the fall, spring and summer terms (Summer Term I). The MFA program requires the completion of 48 course units in seminar and studio courses that foster theoretical and critical thinking, artistic research and writing skills, and develop technical, conceptual and creative proficiencies. Students complete a core requirement of 27 graded course units in Dance and 21 graded course units in other disciplines relevant to their research area. This distribution allows students the opportunity to select electives across disciplines at Duke towards their interdisciplinary research projects. Electives will be identified in close dialogue with world-class mentors assigned to each student's research project. During summer of Year I, students conduct artistic research projects as part of a new Duke collaboration with the American Dance Festival. In Year II Spring, students present the practical part of their thesis followed by the submission of the written component in Year II Summer term I. 

Additionally, students who intend to develop a product and/or a business as part of their MFA in Dance have the option to follow a program of classes in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation as an integral part of their MFA studies at Duke University.

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