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California State University Long Beach

24 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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This 60-unit Dance plan of study at California State University Long Beach emphasizes performance and choreography grounded in the modern dance genre, and requires 3 years in residence to complete all course work.


This 60-unit plan of study emphasizes performance and choreography grounded in the modern dance genre, and requires 3 years in residence to complete all course work. This degree is a rigorous program designed to challenge professionally experienced dancers to develop their artistic and analytical work through numerous performances and choreographic opportunities. Curriculum is integrated in technique, composition and theory.

The Department of Dance at California State University Long Beach has chosen to keep the MFA degree program small and selective in order to provide adequate resources to all students in the degree plan. It is expected that applicants for the MFA in Dance should have some life experiences in the field prior to application; therefore, this would normally preclude a person who was recently awarded an undergraduate degree.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Students will explore, practice, and actualize the craft of making dances to communicate a declared intention.

2. Students will refine proficiency in modern dance and ballet movement vocabularies, enabling them to pursue careers in the professional arenas of performance/choreography and/or education.

3. Students will engage in theoretical inquiry and study in the dance-related areas of history, music, film/video, aesthetics, dance science, and dance criticism.

4. Students will attain substantial knowledge/practical skills in preparation for teaching, including theoretical, practical, and kinesiological perspectives.

5. Students will acquire practical skills in the production aspects of dance, including costume design, lighting design, and stage management and/or public relations.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Dance Pedagogy
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Dance Science as Related to Teaching Technique 
  • Practical Research Methods in Dance
  • Seminar in Dance Management 
  • Criticism and Analysis of Dance
  • Seminar in Dance  
  • Teaching Internship 
  •  MFA Technique Laboratory 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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60 alternative credits


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General requirements

Criteria for Admission into the Program:

Candidates admitted into this program will be selected on the following criteria:

1. Meet University admissions requirements;

2. B.A., B.F.A., or M.A. degree in dance or equivalent with a 3.0 GPA in upper division dance courses;

3. Professional goals consistent with the plan of study;

4. Life experiences in the field;

5. Audition in performance and choreography.

All MFA candidates are admitted on a conditional status. Removal of the conditional admit will occur after the following:

1. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);

2. Completion of all prerequisites;

3. Completion of 20 graduate dance units with a GPA of 3.0;

4. Approval of Graduate Advisor.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 24 months.

If you are not a resident of California , you must add $396.00 for each unit of credit you take.

Living costs for Long Beach

1400 - 2000 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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