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2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dance, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Dance is a 31-unit practice-oriented degree created to serve dance educators working primarily in secondary and community college settings. It is designed to broaden and deepen dance knowledge and skills, including hands-on experience in dance concert production. The MA functions as a form of continuing education and professional development for credentialed teachers.

Because M.A. candidates are employed during the academic year, this low-residency program is designed to be completed during summer sessions and via distance learning experiences.

(For information regarding the College of Professional and International Education’s offering of this program, please see the CPIE website.)

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will refine proficiency in modern dance movement vocabularies, enabling them to enhance their careers as educators.
  2. Students will engage in theoretical inquiry and study in the dance-related areas of history, dance science, and pedagogy, enabling them to enhance their careers as educators.
  3. Students will acquire practical skills in the areas of costume and lighting design.
  4. Students will explore, practice, and actualize the craft of making dances to communicate a declared intention.

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.

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.

Retention Criteria

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 in all graduate work completed at CSULB;
  2. Continued satisfactory progress toward degree objectives. Application materials and application cycles (normally a new class of M.A. candidates begins every three years) is posted at csulb.edu/dance.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students will be advanced to candidacy upon successful completion of the following:

  1. Satisfy the general university requirements for advancement to candidacy and the department’s admission criteria;
  2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all graduate coursework;
  3. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
  4. Complete a minimum of 21 units of coursework;
  5. Removal of any incomplete grades;
  6. Satisfactory completion of three artistic endeavors completed during the academic year utilizing student performers from the candidate’s school;
  7. Filing of the student’s graduate program form for the Master of Arts in Dance, signed by the student’s graduate advisor, and approved by the Associate Dean for graduate accountability.


Complete the following:

Take 7 units from the following courses:

Take 6 units from the following courses:

Written Comprehensive Exam

Successful completion of a Written Comprehensive Exam to be taken after all coursework has been satisfied.