Graduate Dance Students

The University of Oregon offers three Master's Degrees in dance, a master of fine arts, a master of science, and a master of arts.

The three programs offer a flexible course of study rooted in contemporary dance practice and theory. In addition, the MFA program gives students a unique and full exposure to teaching in the university context. Areas of interest include choreography, pedagogy, performance, theory, collaboration, and technology.

Master of Fine Arts in Dance

The master of fine arts in dance requires three years for course work completion. In addition to earning a minimum of 99 graduate credits, at least 3 years of residency are required to complete the MFA. Undergraduate deficiencies for the MFA are the same as those listed for the General Master's Degree with Thesis.

As part of their degree work, MFA students will be responsible for consistent engagement in practica and internships in the process of creating and presenting concert dance to the community. Graduates with an MFA in Dance will have developed abilities to speak and write articulately about the underlying aesthetics and craft of dance. They will graduate with a repertory of dance works ready for professional production. They will be capable producers. They will be excellent performers. They will be excellent teachers. They will be invested in the preservation and expansion of our cultural heritage.

Master of Science or Master of Arts in Dance

Full-time students with adequate undergraduate preparation can usually complete the MS and MA degree programs in two years, provided their area of specialization is designated during the first year. Graduate students who enter with deficiencies or do not decide on a specialization in the first year typically take three years to complete a master's degree.

General Master's Degree with Thesis

Dance as a discipline at the graduate level requires an understanding of research methodology, theoretical issues, and their practical applications. Required core courses provide this understanding for the student seeking the general master's degree with or without thesis.
Upon consultation with the director of graduate studies, students may use graduate-level work that counts toward the master's degree to correct deficiencies.

Students in this program must take a minimum of nine credits in Thesis (DAN 503). Eight to sixteen credits must be earned in graduate courses outside the department. These courses, approved by the major adviser, are selected from fields related to the student's research.
At least four credits must be earned outside the department before beginning the thesis.

Students may choose a choreographic thesis with written supporting documentation. Early in their programs, these students should enroll in graduate-level choreography courses.

The thesis proposal must be approved by a committee of at least three faculty members representing the fields of study related to the program and thesis topic. Graduate School requirements are to be followed in the preparation and defense of the thesis. Refer to "Thesis Guidelines and Procedures for Producing the Thesis Concert," available in the department office, and to the University of Oregon Style and Policy Manual for Theses and Dissertations, available from the Graduate School's website.

General Master's Degree without Thesis

This option, which requires 54 credits of course work, includes the general requirements, examinations, and limitations on credits stated earlier. Core courses listed above and correction of any undergraduate-level deficiencies are also required.

The nonthesis option requires nineteen credits selected from the list of courses set forth in the thesis option above, a minimum of nine credits in an area related to dance, and another nine credits appropriate to the program elected from within or outside the Department of Dance. All course selections and field choices must have the approval of the student's adviser.

For the student electing the nonthesis option, a project is required in the area of concentration. The project might take the form of a reconstruction from a notated score or a reconstruction from a historical dance treatise (e.g., from original language or notation to article or performance). The proposal must be approved by a project committee representing the area of dance concentration.