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When Can I Begin the Doctoral Program?

The low-residential Ph.D. in Dance is a cohort program in which students are admitted to the program only every other year to begin study in the summer of even years (Summer 2014; Summer 2016). Students enrolled in the program, including those who may choose to be in residence, comprise the “Doctoral Cohort” and work together with the faculty to create the doctoral learning community. 

During the two years of coursework, all doctoral students must be continually enrolled, follow the prescribed sequence of courses, and attend all on-campus residencies.

No new doctoral students will be admitted to begin study in summers of odd years (Summer 2013; Summer 2015).

Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the Graduate School is made through the Office of Admissions and must be completed online at:  Applicants should submit a completed application for admission to the Graduate School and request that official copies of transcripts from all previous college work be forwarded directly to Texas Woman’s University Student Records Processing, P.O. Box 425649, Denton, TX. 

Applicants must meet the general University requirements for admission to the Graduate School as set forth in the current Graduate Catalog (See section entitled “Admission to the Graduate School”).  The GRE is no longer required for admission to the Graduate School.  In addition to these general requirements, admission to the Ph.D. program in Dance requires the following:

  1. A master's degree in dance or a related field of study from an accredited college or university or equivalent professional experience demonstrated by a record of significant scholarly achievement (dancemaking and/or research and writing).
  2. An academic record reflecting the ability to pursue advanced study and research in the field of dance.
  3. Proficiency in written, verbal, and movement communication skills.
  4. Experience in the field of dance to include teaching, performing, choreographing, and/or other related practice.

An interview is required for admission to the doctoral program, either in person or over the phone. Qualified applicants will be contacted by the Department of Dance Recruitment Coordinator to schedule an interview. 


In order to be considered for scholarships and assistantships prospective students are encouraged to apply early and complete all application materials by the December 1, 2013 priority deadline. In most cases, graduate teaching assistantships are available only to students who are in residence full-time.  

Please send the following Department of Dance application materials to:

Chair, Department of Dance
Texas Woman's University
P.O. Box 425708
Denton, TX  76204-5708 
  1. Department of Dance Application Information Form (doc)
  2. A curriculum vitae highlighting educational and artistic experience in dance.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from academic or artistic professionals who can address your teaching, academic, and/or artistic preparation and potential for success in doctoral study.
  4. A 300-500 word statement of interests and objectives which includes 1) an indication of your professional goals, 2) previous artistic, academic and career experience related to these goals, and 3) the importance of doctoral study in the pursuit of your professional goals. 
  5. A sample of scholarly or professional writing no longer than 15 pages (double-spaced; 12 pt. font) such as a position paper, a journal article manuscript or publication, conference presentation, in-depth critical analysis of dance practice, or a grant application.
  6. A 3-5 page course syllabus for a university-level course that integrates dance practice and dance theory or a 3-5 page description of a professional-level artist residency workshop of your own design.
  7. Apply to TWU 

If you have questions please e-mail the doctoral faculty: Dr. Linda Caldwell or Dr. Rosemary Candelario. You may also call us at 940-898-2093. 

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