Graduate Dance Requirements & Deadlines
Application Deadlines

The priority deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1 for fall admission. The Dance program does not accept applications for spring admission. Due to the additional application requirements, international applicants must submit all application materials by December 15 for fall admission. Visit our application page to apply online or download forms.

Applications are reviewed when all supporting materials have been received, and official notification of an admission decision is sent in writing from the Office of Graduate Admission. To ensure your application will be reviewed, submit all application materials by the application deadline. Applications received after the priority deadline may be considered on a space-available basis.

Required Materials

All applicants to the graduate degree and certificate programs at Mills College are required to submit the following:

Graduate Application for Admission: Complete all sections of the application as indicated, including a required one- to two-page Statement of Purpose essay. The essay should be typed and double spaced.

Supplemental Application: Dance students are required to submit a supplemental application for admission, which details additional program-specific admission requirements.

Application Fee of $50: Payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a US bank. Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted for online application submission. Cash is not accepted.

Official Transcripts: One official transcript with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree should be sent directly by each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Please Note:
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If you are still completing your degree at the time of application, send official transcripts showing work completed and in progress.

Immediately upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements, it is your responsibility to send a final transcript with the degree posted to our office.

Three Letters of Recommendation: Special recommendation forms are provided on the application page or can be sent as part of the online application.
Note: Current Mills College students and alumnae are only required to submit one letter of recommendation.

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to the regular graduate admission requirements, all applicants to the graduate programs in dance are required to complete a dance supplemental application. The MA and MFA degree programs require that students possess an intermediate level of modern dance technique upon admission. Applicants to the MFA program should possess significant choreographic and performing experience.

Audition: All MFA and MA applicants must audition and are strongly encouraged to attend an in person audition consisting of an intermediate/advanced modern technique class and brief interview with faculty.  Scheduled auditions for students applying to enter in fall 2014, will take place on January 27th and January 31st, 2014. Please call 510.430.2175 to confirm your attendance in advance.

If you are unable to attend a scheduled in-person audition, you are required to provide additional portfolio material in your application. Please see below.

Dance Portfolio Materials: All MFA Dance applicants are required to submit a digital recording of original choreography. It may include up to two choreographic works. The submission must be non-edited and between ten and twenty minutes in length total. You may include a brief written synopsis of the work(s) along with the recording.

MA Dance applicants are required to submit a sample of writing in the form of written composition with the topic related to the field of Dance studies.

Additional Portfolio Materials: Any Dance applicants who are unable to attend either of the scheduled audition dates in person must then submit a clear example of their technical skill via digital recording. The technical skills should demonstrate material covered in a Modern Technique class including postural alignment, traveling steps, jumping, and floor work. The excerpt may be presented as a class setting or a performance setting. Please include a brief written description of who you are in the video. You must be clearly visible and easily identifiable to be considered.

All digital portfolio materials must be submitted via

All other application materials should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admission.

International students should be aware of the Special Information for International Students section which outlines additional admission requirements.

If you have any questions about admission requirements, deadlines, or applying to Mills, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 510.430.3309 or

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Last Updated: 6/17/14