Master of Arts in Dance

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

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

Studio Work
Graduate Level Technique (Level III or IV, or approved substitution.)
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
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



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.

Residence Requirement for Student Taking Educational Electives

The M.A. with electives 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. Contact the Department of Dance for the dates of summer intensives and residencies.

Final Examination

It is recommended that students complete a Professional Project/Paper.