Graduate Bulletin

Dance, Ed.M.

Concentration: Dance Education Studies


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

The Dance Department must receive all department and university application materials. Attendance at the department audition is required. After acceptance at the departmental level, a final review of all application materials is conducted at the college level.

A supplemental application, which is required, can be obtained by emailing

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from qualified representatives of the academic or professional communities in dance.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in dance or equivalent professional experience; an undergraduate GPA of 3.0; and a curriculum vitae that details experience in dance, art education, scholarship, and/or public leadership.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree is required.

Statement of Goals:

Applicants must address how their experience and education have prepared them for advanced study in dance. They should include how the degree will support professional goals. The Statement of Goals should be 3-5 typed pages in length.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required. Scores should be at the 50th percentile or above, whether the GRE or MAT is taken.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.


The audition includes a technique class with portions taught by several members of faculty and a formal presentation by the applicant, based on her/his background and research interest, on a topic that the applicant wishes to study.


All applicants will be interviewed by the admissions committee at the audition.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into a master's program. The Ed.M. Coordinator will make all decisions regarding the transfer of credits with approval from the Department Chair. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Test Waivers:

International students can be accepted without attending the audition, if their video and other supporting documents give adequate evidence of excellence.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 38

Required Courses (38 s.h.)

Core Courses

8805: The Dancer and the Dance Medium

8806: The Creative Process and the Dance Symbol

8865: Dance Science and Somatics

8869: Dance Teaching Seminar

8871: Apprenticeship in Teaching Dance

8874: Foundations of Cultural Studies

8875: Arts Advocacy

8877: Dance Administration

8878: Graduate Composition

9851: Black Performance

9995/9996: Master's Project or Master's Thesis

Technique/Repertory Course (3 s.h.)

Dance Electives (9 s.h.)

8801: Graduate Dance Repertory

Dance Academic

Dance Curriculum

Non-Dance Electives (3 s.h.)

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Master's Project:

The Master's Project provides flexible alternatives for the student in designing a culminating experience for the master's degree. The project may be concerned with the design and application of policy or programs. The project may be a film or videotape related specifically to the program of study, or the project may be a lecture-demonstration. Some candidates connect their project development to "real-life" experiences, such as preparing to open a dance studio or choreograph/teach in an area elementary or secondary school. Others write extensive papers that explore connections between theory and practice in arts education or public policy. If the candidate is interested in research, especially as it may provide direction toward a doctoral program, the project may involve scholarly research and data collection, but of a lesser magnitude than that normally required of a thesis.

Each Ed.M. project is presented in a formal setting at the end of the semester in which the project is completed. The presentation occurs in a classroom or conference room; is 20-25 minutes in length; and should be accompanied by multi-media support. Regardless of topic, a typed abstract must accompany the final project. This abstract is not to exceed four type-written, double-spaced pages. It provides an overview of the project for the department to keep on file. Specifics of organization can be determined with the project advisor. The required abstract must be completed before the presentation and distributed to all in attendance.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Dept. of Dance
1700 N. Broad Street, Suite 309

Philadelphia, PA 19122-0843

Department Contacts:


Elizabeth Denniston


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Karen Bond



Dr. Kariamu Welsh

About the Program

The Department of Dance offers programs of study leading to the Master of Education, Master of Fine Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. All students are expected to develop a command of the discipline of dance, including its modes as a performing art and a medium of inquiry. The department's mission places high value on the role of dance in a pluralistic, multicultural society.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Although all of the department courses are offered on Main Campus, students may take the out-of-department credits on another campus.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered before 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Dance
1700 N. Broad Street, Suite 309

Philadelphia, PA 19122-0843

Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research, and interactions among faculty and students with interests in African American studies, anthropology, education, history, Jewish studies, media arts, music, music therapy, theater arts, and women's studies.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



The graduate programs are ranked among the top twelve in the nation as determined by the Dance Career Guide. The Doctor of Philosophy program is one of four programs in the country, while the Master of Education program is the only such program in the United States.


The Ed.M. in Dance is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

Areas of Specialization:

The Ed.M. degree emphasizes both theoretical and practical training in the pedagogical, administrative, and creative dimensions of Dance Studies. Particular emphasis is given to preparing students for professional work in dance advocacy and the development of dance curriculum.

Job Placement:

Graduates perform and choreograph with companies throughout the world, teach at all levels of education, serve as arts administrators and policymakers for the arts, and publish extensively.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are able to take technique classes and some core coursework with permission of the instructor and the Department Chair. If accepted into the program, up to 9 credits may be applied toward the degree program.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs) are available. Teaching responsibilities usually include teaching university core curriculum. On occasion, TAs are assigned to teach children's dance, repertory, technique classes, or classes germane to their area of study. This award includes a monthly stipend, book allowance, and tuition remission. The award is for one year. Students must re-apply for the award for a second appointment. Information on the TA/RA application should be clearly written and well edited. Please include four copies with the other application materials. Note that if you are an entering student, include the Personal Data Sheet. If you are a continuing student, include the following information on a cover sheet: name, degree program, address, telephone number, electronic address, and current grade point average. Also required are a statement of teaching experience; a concise, clearly written paragraph on your philosophy of teaching; and a statement on how personal and professional goals relate to the responsibilities of the assistantship.

Updated 6.10.08