The M.A. in Dance with a concentration in Theories and Practices is a two-year in-residence program that requires 36 credit hours to complete. The program is designed to prepare students for practical professional dance careers or for doctoral work. Students develop knowledge in practice and scholarship, literature, and somatic experience.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions. Prospective students should contact the school before submitting an application.
In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants should submit a personal statement and samples of work directly 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.
Program entry is in the fall term only; the application deadline is November 15.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 36 credit hours
|Required Courses (12-13 credits)|
|DCE 605||Choreographies and Choreographers||3|
|DCE 610||Dance Studies I: Theories and Methods||3|
|DCE 611||Dance Studies II: Research Projects||3|
|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|
|Electives (17-21 credits)|
|Select 17-21 credits of electives *||17-21|
|Culminating Project (Capstone Experience) (3-6 credits)|
|Select one (3-6 credits) of the following:||3-6|
|PreK-12 Dance Education Practicum|
|Field Project in Dance|
|Total Credit Hours||32-40|
NOTE: All students must complete 36 credit hours for the M.A. in Dance. The range of total credit hours that appears in the course list above reflects only a minimum-maximum sum of the credits listed for the program requirements.
Students select electives with the approval of the advisor, at least 9 credits of which are in dance. A research course outside the school is recommended.
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 two-thirds of the course work and 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 and Project Proposal Review. Students must pass the review before they can begin their culminating projects. Guidelines are listed in the Dance Graduate Handbook.