Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Dance Program

Our Ph.D. in Dance is a research-oriented program culminating in a written dissertation that contributes new knowledge to the field of Dance Studies. Strong applicants to our program have a clear research agenda that is a good match for our program’s faculty and coursework, and a commitment to contributing to the dance field through written publications. Requirements include:

  1. A master’s degree in dance or a related field of study from an accredited college or university.
  2. An academic record reflecting the ability to pursue advanced study and research in the field of dance.
  3. Proficiency in written and verbal communication skills.
  4. Experience in the field of dance, including teaching, performing, choreographing, and/or other related practice.

Low Residency Format

Established in 1958, our doctoral program is the longest running and most well-established Ph.D. in Dance program in the nation. Building upon our long history of doctoral study, in summer 2006 we entered a new era of graduate programming with the inauguration of the Low-Residential Format for the Ph.D. in Dance. Responding to the needs of the field and full-time professionals seeking doctoral degrees, we redesigned the format of the Ph.D. program to meet the needs of accomplished working professionals. Learn more about our Low Residency Format.

When Can I Begin the Doctoral Program?

The low-residential Ph.D. in Dance is a cohort program in which students are only admitted every other year. Doctoral students begin their studies in the summer of even years (e.g. summer 2020 or summer 2022).

Program Overview

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To inquire about our doctoral degree program, please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Rosemary Candelarioor fill out the following form:

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