As the arts conservatory of Rutgers, the Mason Gross School of the Arts is a professional school offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, theater arts, visual arts, and dance. Providing an intimate, creative space within a stimulating research university, the school also offers easy access to—and participation in—New York City’s dynamic cultural life. 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, highly ranked programs, and a diverse and exciting student body, the school offers an intense and immersive learning experience that is second to none.
Mason Gross School of the Arts
At a Glance
Students: 1,131 (full-time and part-time)
Faculty: 260 (full-time and part-time)
Office of the Dean: Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, Downtown New Brunswick (College Avenue Campus)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in the following majors:
- Visual Arts
- Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) in classical performance, composition, jazz studies, or music education
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the following majors:
- Visual Arts
- Master of Arts (M.A.) in composition, music theory, or musicology
- Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in the following areas:
- Theater Arts
- Visual Arts
- Master of Music (M.M.) in classical performance, conducting, jazz studies, or music education
- Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Dance (Awarded through the Graduate School of Education)
- Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in classical performance, conducting, or music education
- Artist Diploma (A.D.) in classical performance
- Ph.D. in composition, music theory, or musicology
- The undergraduate dance program focuses on modern dance technique, performance, choreography and creative achievement. The master of education program in dance offers several tracks for both the aspiring and the experienced artist-teacher. The master of fine are in dance serves working dance artists who want to expand their range by integrating a variety of new artistic and dance studies fields. The dance program was featured in the 2012 Backstage magazine article Five Top Dance Schools Across the Country.
- The music department offers undergraduate training in classical performance, jazz, music education, and composition. Graduate study includes performance, music education, musicology, and theory/composition. Faculty members include principals and members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
- Those interested in theater can pursue acting, design (lighting, set, costume, and costume technology), and production (stage management and technical direction). During our 3.5-year program, actors spend a year and designers a semester at the Globe Theatre in London. The Hollywood Reporter ranks the program as one of the top 25 drama schools in the world.
- Visual arts students pursue undergraduate degrees in design or visual arts with concentrations in drawing, media, painting, photography, sculpture/ceramics, and printmaking. Graduate visual art students follow an interdisciplinary curriculum with seminars in painting, sculpture, photography, media, printmaking, and art theory. Artsy has ranked the visual arts program among the top 15 in the U.S.
- The Performing Arts Center has multiple performance venues and was ranked 16th in Best College Reviews’ article The 25 Most Amazing College Theaters.
- 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, and visual arts.
- 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, Carnegie Hall, and The Joyce Theater.
- 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.