Texas Tech University

School of Theatre & Dance

Master of Arts

Dance Studies

M.A. in Dance Studies

The objective of the online Master of Arts in Dance Studies at Texas Tech University is to prepare the dance educator and scholar. This program offers investigation into a range of disciplinary practices and includes in-depth study of dance histories, arts advocacy, pedagogies, and critical reading and writing. Students also investigate movement practices in the contexts of choreography, anatomy and kinesiology, somatic practices, and community engagement and collaboration. 

Completion of a written thesis or thesis project in a specialized area is required. The online Master of Arts in Dance Studies requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate-level course requirements, normally constituting a two-year course of study. The curriculum includes 6 credit hours of face-to-face instruction offered during a summer term and 30 credit hours of online coursework offered during fall, spring, and additional summer terms. 

What Sets Us Apart

The MA in Dance Studies degree is only one of three of its kind offered across the U.S. What sets Texas Tech's program apart are the opportunities for interdisciplinary research mentorship and research activity, opportunities for expanding students' professional networks across multiple cohorts and with faculty from all artistic disciplines, our faculty members' unique professional backgrounds including significant scholarly and artistic areas of specialty, and our accessibility through mostly summer and mostly online courses. Additionally, we gear our program and curriculum to people already working full-time in dance and in arts education. 

ACCREDITATION

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)

Program Highlights

The objective of the online Master of Arts in Dance Studies at Texas Tech University is to prepare the dance educator and scholar. This program offers investigation into a range of disciplinary practices and includes in-depth study of dance histories, arts advocacy, pedagogies, and critical reading and writing. Students also investigate movement practices in the contexts of choreography, anatomy and kinesiology, somatic practices, and community engagement and collaboration.

PAID RESEARCH EXPERIENCES

Paid Research Opportunities

Every year, faculty members teaching in the MA in Dance Studies program offer students paid research experiences, opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research and publication, and opportunities to present their work at international and national academic dance conferences such as the National Dance Education Organization, World Dance Alliance, and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. Students in the MA in Dance Studies program also have opportunities to gain postsecondary teaching experience through mentorship experiences.

Facilities & Technology

Creative Movement Studio

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Theatre & Dance Complex

Part of Phase I renovation of the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Theatre

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The CH Foundation/The Legacy of Christine DeVitt Black Box Theatre

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Admissions

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Apply through the Texas Tech Graduate School Application Portal

  • Provide transcripts from all previous college-level study
  • Provide all required supplemental items:
    • 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from sources in theatre or dance
    • CV/Resume
    • Payment of required application fee
  • Sample of Artistic Work
    • 2–5-minute video of a sample dance class or performance of your choreography. Edited reels will not be accepted. Upon review, applicant may be asked to attend a live interview with faculty
  • Scholarly writing sample (minimum of 750 words), preferably on a theatre or dance topic.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Elaborate on your academic, artistic, and/or professional interests and goals specific to the program of study you wish to pursue
    • Briefly describe the aspects of your background relevant to your interest. This could include your undergraduate studies, previous graduate study, and/or professional work.
  • For deadlines and more information, please see our Theatre & Dance Graduate Admissions Page 

Requirements

  1. Undergraduate degree transcripts with a GPA of at least 3.0
  2. Two letters of recommendation, preferably in the area of dance
  3. Resume/CV
  4. Academic writing sample (10-page limit) and/or video sample of creative work/teaching (2-min. clip minimum – no edited reels. We will view up to 5 minutes, so please indicate cue point if you send a longer sample.)
  5. Statement of purpose for graduate studies:
    1. Describe your academic interests and goals specific to this program.
    2. Describe the aspects of your background relevant to your interest in this program. This may include your undergraduate and/or professional work.
  6. Applicants are also required to complete an interview with the graduate faculty, either in person or via video conference. To schedule an interview, please email Ali Duffy, Graduate Dance Advisor (ali.duffy@ttu.edu). 

Online Learning

This degree program is almost exclusively online with the exception of one face-to-face session during a five-week summer term. 

Higher Program Offering

Students completing the MA in Dance Studies program are strong candidates for future admission into Texas Tech University's unique interdisciplinary PhD program. 
 

Curriculum

COURSES

Advocacy & Collaboration  
Applied Anatomy & Movement Analysis 
Applied Somatics  
Choreography: Practices & Perspectives 
Critical Inquiry 
Dance Histories I 
Dance Histories II 
Dance in Communities  
Practical Issues in Dance Pedagogy  
Qualitative Research Methodologies  
Thesis Project Proposal 
Thesis Project Presentation 

ONLINE CATALOG INFORMATION

Alumni Success & Careers

Past Graduate Accomplishments

First cohort recently began in 2020 and will graduate in Spring 2022. Students currently enrolled in our program have published their research and presented internationally while in residence and have served as research and teaching assistants to the graduate dance faculty.

Career Possibilities

This program prepares students to:

  • engage in rigorous investigation of dance in diverse artistic, cultural, and educational contexts
  • synthesize and demonstrate the creative, physical, and intellectual skills needed to research, write about, discuss, teach, and practice dance at the graduate level
  • distinguish and analyze individual areas of interest relative to the student's professional goals in the form of a thesis project

Abbie Bugh

Questions?

Contact your Advisor

Abbie Bugh
Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator
abigail.bugh@ttu.edu
806.834.5573