Dance, M.A.

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In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants should submit a personal statement and samples of work to the school.

Admission to graduate study in dance is on the basis of competence as evidenced by the undergraduate record, demonstrated proficiency, and potential in the field of dance. Prospective students should contact the school before submitting an application.

Program entry is in the Fall term only; the application deadline is November 15.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 36 credit hours

Required Courses (13-14 credits)
DCE 605Choreographies and Choreographers3
DCE 610Dance Studies I: Theories and Methods 3
DCE 611Dance Studies II: Research Projects 3
DCE 694Comprehensive Exams/Portfolio Review Preparation1
Select one course (3-4 credits) from the following:3-4
Advanced Body Theories and Practices in Dance
Issues in Planning the Dance Curriculum
The Dancer's Body
Dance Electives (8 credits)
Select 8 credits of graduate-level DCE courses8
Open Electives (6 credits)
Select 6 credits in any graduate-level courses6
Outside Electives (3 credits)
Select 3 credits in any graduate-level courses outside of Dance *3
Culminating Project (Capstone Experience) (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following:6
PreK-12 Dance Education Practicum
Field Project in Dance
Total Credit Hours36

Must be related to the student's research project.


Students are reviewed by the dance faculty when 12 credits of graduate course work are complete. Faculty assesses student progress within the degree program.

Once students have completed at least 18 credits, are enrolled in DCE 610 Dance Studies I: Theories and Methods , and have achieved a minimum overall 3.0 GPA, students select a committee of at least three members of the graduate faculty and schedule a Portfolio Review and Thesis Proposal Defense. Students must pass the review before they can begin their culminating projects. Guidelines are listed in the Dance Graduate Handbook.