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Sam Houston State University

12 months
20398 USD/year
20398 USD/year
10438 USD/year
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In the Department of Dance at Sam Houston State University, you’ll experience a dynamic, challenging education that integrates creativity, performance, and scholarly pursuits designed to prepare you for a 21st century career in dance.


The innovative Dance MFA program at Sam Houston State University is designed to encourage your exploration of interests beyond dance, areas that will inform and facilitate your future artistic and scholarly investigations. Graduates of the Department of Dance are successfully employed around the nation in a variety of careers including performing artists, artistic directors of dance companies, dance educators at all levels and various health care professionals such as physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists and dance therapists.

Learning outcomes

As a prospective student interested in joining SHSU's Department of Dance, you are required to complete an audition prior to admission. Please see the Admission Requirements link for an overview of the admissions process.

The Department of Dance at Sam Houston State University offers a 60-hour program of study leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance, the terminal degree in studio arts. The program is designed to provide intensive studio experience with substantive choreographic and performance opportunities, underscored by a broad exposure to the philosophical, theoretical, and creative process context of dance as an art form. A creative or performance thesis is required for graduation.

The degree normally takes three years to complete. The first year is probationary, allowing both the candidate and the department time to assess the appropriateness of the educational relationship. At the conclusion of the first year the candidate will file the 'Petition for Admission to Candidacy' before moving to the thesis stage of study.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Dvlpmt Advanced Skills in Dnc
  • Smnr in Dance Production
  • Theory of Dance
  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • Dance Pedagogy in Higher Ed
  • Research Methods in Dance
  • Dance & Integrated Technologies
  • Professional Issues in Dance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit the Application (International) and pay the nonrefundable application fee of $75 in U.S. currency via MasterCard, American Express, VISA, Discover Card, money order or check drawn on a U.S. bank.
  • Submit official transcripts from all college coursework.
  • Submit the official credentials evaluation.
  • If transcripts are from a school outside of the U.S. the document must be translated and evaluated by a NACES accredited service or SDR Educational Consultants

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20398 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10199 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    20398 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10199 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10438 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5219 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Huntsville

964 - 1786 USD /month
Living costs

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