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Dance Studies, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Join an advanced, hybrid dance studies degree program designed for working professionals to enhance and extend your pedagogical and artistic practice.

Whether you perform, choreograph or teach, this six-semester program allows you to continue working while advancing your education. The curriculum provides a broad base of study in dance educational theory and creative practice.

Program Highlights

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    Unique Program

    Grow as an artist in classroom and studio environments in the only graduate degree program in dance in South Carolina.

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    Convenient Courses

    Join the only graduate distance-learning program in dance studies for professionals in the Southeast.

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    Experience Counts

    A prior dance degree is not required, and professional experience in the dance field is a qualifier for admission.

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    A Notable Faculty

    Study with faculty who hold professional and academic credentials in a variety of specializations.

What You’ll Study

In-person studio work will include global dance forms, functional anatomy and choreography. Online coursework will include arts policy and advocacy, neuroscience for dance, dance pedagogy and curriculum design. A thesis is required.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Leadership

    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential


    Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience


    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change

  • Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • K-12 Dance Educator
  • Dance Educator
  • Choreographer
  • Professional Dancer
  • Arts Administrator

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Arts Organization
  • Entertainment
  • Fundraising and Development