Texas Tech University

School of Theatre & Dance

Master of Arts

Dance Studies

M.A. in Dance Studies

The online Master of Arts in Dance Studies integrates dance practices with critical exploration to advance knowledge and support expanded career choices for dance educators, practitioners, and scholars. This program investigates a range of disciplinary practices, including in-depth study of dance histories, arts advocacy, pedagogies, and critical reading and writing, as well as movement practices in the contexts of choreography, anatomy and kinesiology, somatic practices, and community engagement and collaboration.

A written thesis or thesis project in a specialized area is required. The online program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate-level course requirements, normally constituting a two-year course of study. Coursework is offered during the fall, spring, and both summer session terms.

What Sets Us Apart

The MA in Dance Studies degree is only one of three of its kind in the US, known for its emphasis into interdisciplinary research mentorship and activity. Faculty from all artistic disciplines (with significant scholarly and artistic areas of specialty) work to expand professional networks across multiple cohorts; and the program, with a curriculum geared towards people working full-time in dance and arts education, is easily accessible through mostly summer and online courses.

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.

  • Small cohort to accommodate individual mentorship from faculty
  • Online program geared specifically to meet the needs of working professionals in dance and arts education
  • Opportunities for paid research experiences for graduate students
  • Opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research and publication
  • Opportunities to present 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

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

Apply Now

Apply through the Texas Tech Graduate School Application Portal

  • Accepting applications for Summer 2023 cohort

  • Application Portal Open: September 1, 2022-January 1, 2023

For more information, please see our Theatre & Dance Graduate Admissions Page or contact the Graduate Dance Advisor, Dr. Ali Duffy.

Requirements

  1. Undergraduate degree transcript(s)

  2. Provide all required supplemental items:

    1. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty and artists in dance

    2. CV/Resume

    3. Payment of required application fee

  3. Academic writing sample of 5-10 pages

  4. Statement of purpose for graduate studies in dance:

    1. Elaborate on your academic, artistic, and/or professional interests and goals specific to this program

    2. Briefly describe the aspects of your background relevant to your interest. This could include your undergraduate studies, previous graduate study, and/or professional work. 

Online Learning

Our graduate degree is entirely online, geared specifically to meet the needs of working professionals in dance and arts education.

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

Our first cohort graduated in Spring 2022. Students in the 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

With questions concerning graduate admissions and portfolio reviews.

Abigail Bugh
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
abigail.bugh@ttu.edu
806.834.5573