Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate students in the classroom

Master of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy

By educating dance therapy students to become accomplished clinicians, graduates of the MS in Dance/Movement Therapy help individuals and communities to reach their full potential. The integration of theoretical and experiential learning forms the basis of the department’s educational process and creates a curriculum rich in critical and creative thinking to help students adopt innovative solutions to clinical issues. The MS in Dance/Movement Therapy aims to create committed professionals who can utilize the creative process informed by psychological and developmental theory in their clinical work enabling them to become leaders in the creative arts therapy field. This degree is also offered in a Low Residency Format.

Our tradition of teaching dance/movement therapy is rooted in the power of dance and expressive movement as a healing process informed by psychodynamic theory. We offer a historical perspective on the evolution of the field leading to current applications of practice in a variety of settings. Our students develop self-awareness and recognition of their unique attributes through experiential learning. They acquire an increased sense of self and resiliency which is translated to their work as creative arts therapists

Degree Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, preferably in dance or psychology. Prerequisites are 6 credits in psychology to include abnormal and developmental psychology; and 1 credit/15 hours of course work in anatomy/kinesiology. Students must also have extensive experience in at least two idioms of dance, one of which must be modern dance as well as body/mind modalities, such as meditation, yoga, or body therapies. A written synopsis of dance training and experience must be submitted with the application. A personal interview will be required, part of which will include movement. A TOEFL score of 600 (250 computer or 100 Internet) is required of all international students. No TOEFL waivers will be issued unless student's first language is English.

See Dance/Movement Therapy, MS Curriculum Overview and Yearly Plan of Study