The Master of Arts in Dance is a practice-oriented degree created to serve experienced dance educators, primarily in secondary and community college venues. It is designed to broaden and deepen dance knowledge and skills for teaching dance classes and producing dance concerts and elevates an undergraduate teaching credential to graduate status.
Because M.A. candidates are teaching during the academic year, coursework is completed in three intensive, 6-week consecutive summer sessions in which 9-12 units are earned each summer.
Candidates must meet the following criteria for entrance into the M.A. in Dance:
1. Prerequisite Courses:
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.
Application materials and application cycles (normally a new class of M.A. candidates begins every three years) is posted at csulb.edu/dance.
Students will be advanced to candidacy upon successful completion of the following:
1. A minimum of 31 units from the following courses:
2. Successful completion of a Written Comprehensive Exam to be taken after all coursework has been satisfied.