• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Eugene, OR, United States
Dance courses have been offered at the University of Oregon for over a century, predating the first academic dance major programs in the country by more than a decade. 
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The University of Oregon Department of Dance has evolved into a collaborative, dynamic laboratory in which student performers are given the tools—academic, artistic, technical, and social—to hone their craft to professional caliber.

Your curriculum will include course work in dance history, improvisation, composition, and pedagogy. The performance curriculum has a modern dance emphasis with a strong supporting area in ballet. You can also take studio courses—offered from beginning to advanced levels—in a variety of other idioms, including jazz, tap, hip hop, African, ballroom, tango, swing, improvisation, and contact improvisation.

Performance Opportunities

  • The department supports and produces up to ten student-centered concerts and showings each academic year. Both majors and nonmajors are eligible to audition.
  • The University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company (UORDC) tours throughout the state to forge community partnerships. UORDC is pleased to serve as company-in-residence for arts organizations and schools on the Oregon coast and in southern Oregon.
  • Dance Africa brings internationally known artists from African cultural groups to campus throughout the year to teach classes and perform.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Since founding somebodies dance theater in 2008, UO alumni Gina Bolles Sorensen, MFA ’08, and Kyle Sorensen ’09 have energized San Diego’s contemporary dance scene, garnering numerous accolades and touring in Mexico and throughout the United States. 
  • The artistic codirectors say that their UO connections continue to provide opportunities for performance and collaboration.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Use the online UO application, download the PDF, or complete the Common Application (freshmen only) and pay the nonrefundable $75 application fee.
  • Provide official exam results from IELTS or TOEFL (the UO's TOEFL institutional code is 4846). Applicants from China and other nearby countries are encouraged to interview with InitialView.
  • Send official transcripts from all high schools and universities attended, as well as a bank statement, certificate of deposit, or scholarship letter equal to the cost of one academic year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39309 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39309 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39309 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39309 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    13857 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13857 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Eugene

  • 970 - 1380 USD/month
    Living Costs

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