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Mason Gross School of the Arts

As the arts conservatory of Rutgers University, the Mason Gross School of the Arts is a professional school offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, theater arts, visual arts, and dance. The school identifies and nurtures outstanding creative talent and instills the professional skills and insights needed for successful careers in the arts. With a faculty of arts professionals who are recognized nationally and internationally, outstanding facilities, and a diverse and exciting student body, the school offers an intense and intimate learning experience that is second to none.

At a Glance

Students: 1,054 (full-time and part-time)
Faculty: 241 (full-time and part-time)
Office of the Dean: Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, Downtown New Brunswick (College Avenue Campus)

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in the following majors:
    • Dance
    • Theater Arts
    • Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in the following areas:
    • Theater Arts
    • Visual Arts
  • Master of Music (M.M.)
  • Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Dance (Awarded through the Graduate School of Education)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
  • Artist Diploma (A.Dpl.) in Music


  • The undergraduate dance program focuses on modern dance technique, performance, and creative achievement. The master of education program in dance offers several tracks for both the aspiring and the experienced artist-teacher.
  • The music department offers undergraduate training in classical performance, jazz, and music education. Graduate study includes performance, music education, musicology, and theory/composition.
  • Those interested in theater arts can pursue acting, design, and production specialties; the graduate program offers training in acting, directing, playwriting, design, and stage management.
  • Visual arts students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in such media as video, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture/ceramics.
  • Mason Gross alumni are well known throughout the arts community, with many familiar to national audiences. Explore the school’s alumni in dance, music, theater arts, and visual arts.
  • The Jameson Theater, an intimate black box theater operated for and by Mason Gross students, stages intimate, provocative, and relevant works by student playwrights.
  • Mason Gross students regularly perform in New York City as part of the Rutgers in New York series, including at top venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
  • The school contributes tremendously to New Brunswick’s lively cultural scene. Almost every night of the week is filled with performances and exhibitions mounted, staged, and performed by Mason Gross students and faculty. Explore the Calendar of Events.