Master of Arts, M.A.

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Master of Arts in Dance Program

Our master of arts in dance degree program will allow you to develop a broad knowledge of the discipline, its intersection of theory and practice, and its application in artistic, cultural, and educational contexts. If you are a student interested in educational and arts leadership, you may elect to address issues related to the role and significance of dance in education, the place of dance in society or the development of your own personal philosophies. If you are interested in research and writing, you may instead choose to emphasize course work designed to develop the knowledge and research skills necessary to undertake independent research in your specialized areas of interest.

Degree Plan and Course Rotation

How to Apply

Program Overview

Perspective of the Professional in the Field of Dance Guiding the M.A. Program

The focus of this program is on qualitative research including ethnography, historical and cultural studies. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged and students have the option to include course work from other areas, including women's studies, rhetoric, visual arts, theater, marketing and music.

Program Objectives

  • To further develop an understanding of the nature of dance as an expression of human experience in diverse artistic, cultural and educational contexts.
  • To develop an understanding of the relationship of action and reflection in dance choreography and performance, researching, writing, and pedagogy.
  • To facilitate the pursuit of individual areas of interest relative to the student's professional goals.

Need More Information?

To inquire about the M.A. degree program, please contact our Program Coordinator, Rosemary Candelario.