Admission Requirements

Dance/Movement Therapy Program

The program invites candidates who possess personal maturity, an ability to use movement as a means of communication, and a sincere desire to develop a career in human services.

  • Degree: Baccalaureate degree and a sound background in dance/movement. Although no particular undergraduate major is required, applicants should have taken courses in areas such as psychology, sociology, human development, or anthropology. Dance/movement experience may be part of undergraduate degree or may be acquired in studio work. students on floor
  • GPA: 3.0 or above.
  • Personal resume.
  • Letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation required, preferably addressing your work academically or in human services or community or mental health.
  • Personal statement: This one- to three-page typed essay is considered an autobiography and is intended to serve as a writing sample as well as letting us get to know more about you.
  • Audition: The movement audition involves a group improvisational experience. We are primarily interested in how you communicate, expressive yourself and interact through movement. Applicants need not prepare anything.
    Those living overseas may submit videotape or DVD in lieu of movement audition. International candidates should request instructions about these requirements with admission materials and are advised to begin admission process early.
  • Interview: Faculty will conduct in-depth in-person interview with applicant consisting of review of personal, academic, interpersonal, and creative aptitudes. For international applicants, telephone interview or video chat may be substituted for in-person interview.
  • History or experience: A social service work or volunteer history and cross cultural experience is highly valued.

Additional requirements for international applicants

  • Transcript evaluation: All international students must have transcripts evaluated by the World Education Services, 212-966-6311, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087.
  • TOEFL: Applicants who have not received a degree in the United States must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Official score report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. For more information, visit the Web site at, then click on TOEFL.
  • I-20/DS-2019 and supporting financial documents (international students only): Please print, complete, and submit I-20 application form (PDF).

Admission deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to visit classes and meet with faculty and current students. Application deadline is June 1 for September start date; however, the program uses a rolling admissions policy, which means classes are often filled before deadline.