Department of Dance Office: DC-S131     Phone: 562-985-4747     Fax: 562-985-7896


Image of Haihua Chiang jumping in black and white by Gregory R.R. CrosbyThe CSULB Department of Dance is excited to announce the start of our new two-year M.F.A. degree in Dance in which students are in residence during the academic year and complete one summer course between years one and two.

This 60-unit plan of study emphasizes choreographic exploration and presentation in addition to preparing students for teaching careers in higher education. The program provides M.F.A. candidates with theoretical and practice-based study, teaching opportunities, production skills, and a thesis project focusing on the creation of original choreography. The Department of Dance has chosen to keep the M.F.A. degree small and selective in order to provizde students with ready resources and mentorship. The Department seeks candidates whose experiences include professional-level investigation and choreography in dance beyond the baccalaureate level. Practitioners of any movement/dance genre are encouraged to apply to the M.F.A. in Dance degree program.

The Department of Dance works diligently to provide scholarships and award support for M.F.A. candidates, including the endowed Celeste Kennedy Scholarship for Graduate Dance Study and other competitive and merit-based College of the Arts funding. M.F.A. candidates with teaching experience may also earn income in the Department by applying for Teaching Assistant positions beginning in their first year of study. Teaching Assistants are usually assigned general education and non-major technique classes, which are offered in a variety of genres, in accordance with the TAs area of expertise and experience.


Our M.F.A. in Dance is centered on the following student learning outcomes:

  • Students will explore, practice, and actualize the craft of making dances to communicate a declared intention.
  • Students will refine proficiency in dance/movement vocabularies, enabling them to pursue careers in the professional arenas of choreography, performance, and/or education.
  • Students will engage in theoretical inquiry and study in the dance-related areas of history, music, film/video, aesthetics, dance science, and dance criticism.
  • Students will attain substantial knowledge and practical skills in preparation for teaching, including theoretical, practical, and kinesiological perspectives.
  • Students will acquire practical skills in the production aspects of dance, including collaboration with artists/designers and technical personnel, dance concert direction/production, technical theater equipment operation, stage management, and publicity.


Application Deadline: Dec.1, 2017
Audition: February 3, 2018

Please click here for Admission information

Please click here for MFA Curriculum and Degree Requirements (PDF)

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Professor Dr. Colleen Dunagan, Graduate Advisor at or 562-985-7040.