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Graduate Programs

Theatre & Dance Graduate Programs

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University at Buffalo offers a full range of graduate programs, providing students a breadth and depth of practical and scholarly opportunities with close faculty mentorship. Students study and engage with world-renowned scholars, artists, and educators from a broad range of disciplines as they hone their individual interests and talents. Students expand their knowledge beyond their home discipline through interaction and collaboration within a dynamic community of like-minded individuals both in Theatre & Dance and from disciplines as varied as Media Study, Architecture, Gender Studies, Engineering, Medicine, Poetry and more. This interdisciplinary environment allows students to develop innovate new research and creative work. UB Theatre & Dance graduates lead the next generation of scholars, artists, and educators and impact their communities on local, national and global levels.

MFA in Dance

Director of Graduate Dance–Anne Burnidge (

The new MFA Dance program at the University at Buffalo is a 60-credit hour program designed for students ranging from recent BA/BFA graduates to returning professionals wishing to develop their creative, scholarly and teaching skills in preparation for careers as dance makers, educators, writers, scholars, policy makers and leaders. The program provides a balance of advanced creative and scholarly research with core courses in technique, choreography, history, theory and pedagogy. Students expand their knowledge and skills in the dance field by selecting an individualized secondary area of study, which they integrate into their final thesis project. In addition to core graduate faculty, students have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of guest artists and adjunct faculty.

MA | PhD Theatre & Performance

Director of Graduate Theatre Studies–Eero Laine (

UB offers two graduate programs in Theatre & Performance: a one-year MA and the PhD. Both programs feature a unique integration of scholarship and practice. We believe that if you know a thing theoretically but don’t know it practically, then you don’t really know its whole theory; conversely, if you know a thing practically but don’t know it theoretically, then you don’t really know its whole practice.