Master of Fine ArtsChoreography

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Two-year, low-residency, terminal degree.Why Choose Our Program?

Jacksonville University's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Choreography is a two-year terminal degree program emphasizing choreography and the creative process of generating new works that are grounded in both classical and contemporary dance genres.


Applications for Fall 2025 will open August 1, 2024.

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Stimulus. Practice. AnalysisEnriching Versatility Through a Cohort-Based Program.

The MFA in Choreography nurtures the development of rigorous research and refined relationships between three aspects of creative production: stimulus, practice, and analysis.

Each incoming class is structured as a cohort of artists who progress in lockstep through the entire program, establishing strong connections upon entry during the Summer term with faculty, guest artists, and fellow candidates. These bonds will serve as educational reinforcement and edification for the duration of the program and beyond.

What to Expect

Enhancing What is Current and Innovative in the Field.

  • The program begins with a 6-week term during the Summer II session that includes the first three weeks online, two weeks of residency on the Jacksonville University campus and a final week of online instruction. 
  • Students will work one on one with graduate faculty and mentors to expand their choreographic practice during the non-residency portion of the program.
  • Fall and Spring terms are designed and delivered by full and part time faculty within the program.
  • The in person portion of the summer residency will have the opportunity to work with guest artists within the field of dance, pedagogy, and choreography.

AdmissionsHow to Apply

For additional questions, further information, please contact the Assistant Director of Admissions, Marissa Guckin, at

  • A bachelor's degree in dance is required. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in a subject other than dance would be required to show significant professional experience in the field of dance with their application.
  • Complete the online JU application
  • Official transcripts of academic work from all institutions attended
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Artist's Statement (This should include artistic goals for the period of study)
  • Portfolio (2-10 representations of your work, preferably with other dancers performing your choreography)
A dance performance featuring MFA graduate Pioneer Winter.

"This program afforded me many opportunities to question myself and grow with new experiences and mentors. I am much more aware of the international dialogue and in a better position to contribute as a choreographer and dance researcher because of this program."

Pioneer Winter2016 JU MFA Graduate from Miami, FL

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