Master of Arts in Dance (optional concentration in education)

The Master of Arts in Dance degree program develops a broad knowledge of the discipline and is concerned with the intersections of theory and practice in the context of artistic, cultural, and educational praxis in dance. Students interested in educational and arts leadership may elect to address issues related to the role and significance of dance in education, the place of dance in society, and the development of personal pedagogical philosophies. Students interested in research and writing may choose to emphasize course work designed to develop the knowledge and research skills necessary to undertake independent research in specialized areas of interest.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

36 semester credit hours, including hours for thesis or professional project/paper.



Comprehensive Final Examination

An oral defense of the thesis or professional project/paper is required.

Special Requirements for all Master’s Degrees

Students are required to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses applied to the degree. A grade of C or below in any course will not count toward the Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree.

Master of Arts in Dance Program of Study (36 semester credit hours)

Studio Work
Graduate Level Technique (Level III or IV, or approved substitution. One in each of four semesters)
Select 7 semester credit hours from the following:7
Advanced Ballet Technique I
Advanced Ballet Technique II
Techniques in Contemporary Dance I
Techniques in Contemporary Dance II
Workshop in Dance (Summer 1, recommended after first year)
DNCE 5023Methods of Research in Dance3
DNCE 5223Historical and Cultural Study of Dance3
DNCE 5243Pedagogical Foundations for Dance3
DNCE 5433Contemporary Contexts of Dance3
Professional Project/Paper or Thesis
Select 6 credit hours from the following options:6
Independent Study (Professional Project)
Professional Paper
Thesis (I)
Thesis (II)
Electives in Consultation with Advisor11
Total SCHs36

Optional Concentration in Education

Residence Requirement

The M.A. with a concentration in education is a two year cohort program of students beginning in even number academic years.  The program requires two summer intensives and two weekend residencies in the Fall and Spring semesters during the two-years of coursework. Students must be continually enrolled, follow the prescribed sequence of courses, and attend all on-campus residencies and meetings. Full-time, in-residence students meet the same residency requirements. Contact the Department of Dance for the dates of summer intensives and residencies.


The 11 semester credit hours of electives must be EDUC courses approved by the advisor.

Final Examination

Must consist of a Professional Project/Paper.  Thesis is not an option for the concentration in education.