What will I learn?

The CMU Dance Studies major is specifically designed to train you for a wide variety of careers in the expansive dance industry. Turn your passion for dance into a career in performance, choreography, administration, scholarship, film, performance review, and teaching. Classes such as performing arts administration, dance composition, writing about dance, dance teaching methods, and dance for film will partner with technical dance training in hip hop, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and more to provide varying paths for career exploration and employment.

Why Study Dance at CMU?

The mission of the CMU Dance Studies major is to train and mentor dance-based performers, critical thinkers, writers, choreographers, production technicians, administrators, educators, and scholars who will be prepared to contribute to the field of dance in a wide variety of professional careers. While dance technique courses will be a significant portion of your required course work, critical thinking, writing, and rigorous scholarly exploration will partner with the physical training to deepen the your understanding of dance in a global context.

As a dance studies major, you'll complete an internship in your area of study. You'll also minor in business or entrepreneurship to help maximize your career opportunities. As a dance studies student, you'll learn from faculty with recent experience in major dance productions and initiatives. Our program also regularly hosts guest artists to expose students to diverse and emerging trends in dance.

You can even produce, direct and/or choreograph your own productions under the guidance of faculty. This offers a unique opportunity to tailor your academic experience to your career aspirations.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Media

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,936.00 per year
Lower Level Tuition (less than 56 credits): USD $18,936 Per Year (24 credits); Upper Level Tuition (56 credits or more): USD $19,560 Per Year (24 credits)
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

29 August 2022


Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,



48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have attended all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

For international students

Students are required to complete all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

They must demonstrate a proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  • Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)
  • ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112

Students competing in intercollegiate athletics must submit a qualifying ACT or SAT score to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


Get in touch