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Master’s Degrees in Dance

221 Yearly Graduations
$34,500 Median Salary
$72,776 Median Debt
There are 52 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in dance. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 30% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 15.4% of dance graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Dance Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 221 students earned their master's degree in dance. This makes it the 201st most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in dance at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,661
Master’s Degree 221
Associate’s Degree 186
Basic Certificate 82
Undergraduate Certificate 62
Doctor’s Degree 16
Graduate Certificate 6

Earnings of Dance Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in dance is $34,500. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $34,500 and the high is $34,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in dance is $72,776. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $83,165 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $62,388.

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The median monthly payment of a dance graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $848.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in dance. About 80.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 44
Women 177
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Dance

The racial-ethnic distribution of dance master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 13
Black or African American 23
Hispanic or Latino 26
White 112
International Students 34
Other Races/Ethnicities 13
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Dance Master's Degree Students

There are 52 colleges that offer a master’s degree in dance. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

New York University

New York, New York
26 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for dance majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their master's degree in dance from NYU. About 77% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Hollins University

Roanoke, Virginia
19 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hollins University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in dance. Roughly 700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,884 per year.

The dance program at Hollins University awarded 19 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 68% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida
17 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for dance majors who are seeking their master's degree is Jacksonville University. Roughly 4,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $38,140 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,706 per year.

The dance program at Jacksonville University awarded 17 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 76% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
12 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in dance. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

The dance program at Florida State University awarded 12 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for dance majors who are seeking their master's degree is Temple University. Each year, around 38,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,956 per year.

The dance program at Temple University awarded 11 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 91% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
10 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Irvine is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in dance. Each year, around 36,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The dance program at University of California - Irvine awarded 10 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

9 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for dance majors who are seeking their master's degree is Saint Mary's College of California. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,988 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,308 per year.

The dance program at Saint Mary's College of California awarded 9 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

8 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in dance. Roughly 61,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 master's degrees were handed out to dance majors at Ohio State. Of these students, 75% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas
7 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for dance majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas Woman's University. Each year, around 15,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,430 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,973 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their master's degree in dance from TWU. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#9

Mills College

Oakland, California
7 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for dance majors who are seeking their master's degree is Mills College. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,340 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,833 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 master's degrees were handed out to dance majors at Mills. Of these students, 100% were women and 71% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
7 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for dance majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Iowa. Each year, around 31,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,073 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,079 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their master's degree in dance from Iowa. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#9

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
7 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Utah comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in dance. Each year, around 32,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

The dance program at University of Utah awarded 7 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#9

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in dance. Each year, around 25,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,091 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,543 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 master's degrees were handed out to dance majors at UWM. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#14

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sam Houston State University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in dance. Roughly 21,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,856 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,765 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 master's degrees were handed out to dance majors at SHSU. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

5 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in dance. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,788 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,583 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their master's degree in dance from University of Oklahoma. About 100% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women

University of Arizona is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in dance. Roughly 44,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

The dance program at University of Arizona awarded 5 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#14

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville, New York
5 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Sarah Lawrence College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in dance. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,020 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,034 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 master's degrees were handed out to dance majors at Sarah Lawrence.

#14

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
5 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in dance. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,422 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,219 per year.

The dance program at University of North Carolina at Greensboro awarded 5 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 100% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in dance. Roughly 53,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

The dance program at Arizona State University - Tempe awarded 5 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 80% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Smith College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in dance. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,940 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $53,940 per year.

The dance program at Smith College awarded 4 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to dance that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Music 6,038
Fine & Studio Arts 3,527
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,963
Design & Applied Arts 1,894
Drama & Theater Arts 1,783

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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