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Master of Arts in Dance



On October 1, 2020, CSULB Dance will be accepting applications and supplemental admissions materal for a new cohort to start in the summer of 2021. Please click on theMA Admissions information link below for details about the application process.

MA in Dance Student HANDBOOK (PDF)

MA Degree Description and Philosophy

CSULB Dance houses the only low-residency M.A. degree in dance in California that is designed specifically to serve dance educators. Created to serve dance educators who are currently teaching primarily in secondary and community college venues, the Master of Arts in dance course work is completed in three intensive summer sessions of study in which 9-12 units are earned each summer. For this reason the program is run as a Special Sessions Program through the University's College of Continuing and Professional Education. The curriculum is designed to broaden and deepen dance knowledge and skills ranging from technique to composition, dance history and dance production. This degree elevates an undergraduate teaching credential to graduate status, usually commanding a pay increase for dance educators. The ideal class size for this degree is 15-20.

The M.A. in Dance offers both studio and theory courses in its curriculum. All courses are designed to introduce new concepts and trigger deeper thought and analysis in the field of dance. All courses in the M.A. degree are at the graduate level and are offered only to graduate students.

Criteria for Admission into the Program

Candidates must meet the following criteria for entrance into the M.A. in Dance:

  1. Prerequisite Courses:
    • two courses in dance composition;
    • one course in dance history;
    • one course in anatomy/kinesiology (must be taken in the past five years);
  2. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a degree in dance or a related field;
  3. Minimum of 3 years’ experience teaching dance in a high school with a secondary teaching credential, or minimum of 3 years part-time or full-time experience teaching dance in a community college (exceptions will be considered for extensive part-time employment teaching dance in a high school, or for an exemplary employment history of teaching dance in other venues);
  4. Three letters of recommendation, of which one must be from a supervisor or colleague;
  5. Movement audition and personal interview;
  6. Completion of all application materials.
    • Cal State Apply application
    • CSULB Dance Supplemental application materals

Admission will be granted to students who show high promise of success in graduate study based on past academic record and record of teaching experience.


MA Admission information
For up-to-date information, visit the CSULB Catalog.

For more information please contact: Colleen Dunagan