Graduate Admissions

Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling MA

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Be Enrolled Part-Time?
At this time, the MA program in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling accepts only full-time students. Part time enrollment is allowed for the Alternate Route Certificate, the Graduate Laban CMA and continuing education.
When Do Classes Meet?
Classes are generally held on Tuesdays and Thursday during the day. Students occasionally have weekend courses. A typical course load is four courses, or 12 credits. Practicum hours are met starting the second Summer semester on Monday, Wednesday or Friday and 700 Internship hours are accumulated during the 2nd Fall and Spring semesters on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
How Is the Program Structured?
The program begins the first week of August with a two-week intensive and continues for two and a half to three years of full-time study, including J-Term and summer semesters. Students take foundation courses in their first year and add an internship/clinical observation component in their second. During the final summer semester students focus on their thesis. For a look at the 2010-2011 sequential curriculum, click here.
What Kind of Background Does a Successful Applicant Typically Have?
Typically, our applicants major in dance or psychology, double major in dance and psychology, or minor ineither dance or psychology as undergraduates. However, students without this preparation should be able to explain their educational background and motivation for entering the field of dance/movement therapy.
  • PREREQUISTE COURSES: Successful applicants will have taken at least three undergraduate courses in psychology including General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Development and/or Psychophysiology as well as Anatomy and Kinesiology. Unlike the psychology prerequisites, the anatomy/kinesiology course can be one course covering both topics and can be a certificate (i.e. taken online, at a community college, or through a massage/yoga studio). Dance experience can be demonstrated and accumlated many ways—a hobby, classes throughout childhood, teaching dance, dancing professionally, etc--but the aforementioned course work is a necessity when applying to our program.
  • DANCE EXPERIENCE: Applicants are expected to have an extensive movement background of five or more years. Our more competitive applicants have experience in choreography, modern or cultural dance, improvisation, teaching and/or performing.
  • OTHER EXPERIENCE: Ideal applicants demonstrate that they have an understanding of dance/movement therapy, are creative, mature, and have completed community service relating to dance, social work, or dance/movement therapy. They understand what dance/movement therapy is and have deliberate reasons why they want to become a dance/movement therapist.
Are There Any Program-Specific Scholarships Available?
  • The Rosenblum Award was established to support Columbia’s graduate students who are presenting at or attending professional conferences related to their fields of study. Awards are capped at $500, and preference will be given to students whose proposals have been accepted by conference organizers for presentation as part of the conference’s official schedule.
  • The Warren Lamb Scholarship is intended to enable a student to partake in the Department of Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling's Graduate Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis, a fourteen month, 18 credit program specializing in movement observation and analysis. 
  • Jane Ganet-Sigel is a registered dance movement therapist and one of the 73 founding members of the American Dance/Movement Therapy Assoication.  She is the founder and former chairperson of the graduate program in dance/movement therapy at Columbia College Chicago. It is with great pleasure that the Dance/Movement Therapy department establishes a scholarship fund in recognition of such an important pioneer.
  • For a complete listing of College-wide scholarships, click here.
Who Are the Faculty and Staff?
For a listing, click here.
What Facilities Are Available to Your Students?
  • We have a student locker room for students to keep their belongings in during class. The locker room has a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee machine. It also has bulletin boards on which we post job opportunities, announcements, local conferences, community dance shows and auditions, departmental events, scholarship opportunities, and more!
  • Our main classroom is equipped with the latest presentation technologies and is connected to our very own dance studio. Courses are often taught in both of these rooms, linking theoretical and analytical topics with embodied experiential learning.
  • Students can check out books, videos, and equipment to use at community outreach events or internship sites.
  • The department owns a large digital piano for live accompaniment.
  • The department owns an open, 6’2” diameter Icosahedron, the 12 pointed geometric crystalline form Rudolph Laban used to create his Movement Scales and his theories of Space Harmony. Students gain a new sense of spatial pathways and planar relationships using the Icosahedron.
  • Students have access to Columbia College Chicago’s Dance Center where they can take dance classes.
  • Students can reserve rooms for practicing, studying, and meeting.
What Can Graduates Do With Their Degree?
Visit our clinical placement web page, which gives an overview of the kinds of environments in which our graduates are emplyed. The Chicago community is very open to dance therapy, and our graduates have also gone on to "pioneer" dance therapy in states where it might not be as well-known. Based on a recent survey of our alumni, the vast majority reported that their first job out of school was in a mental health/behavioral health organization and the titles included: advocate, group facilitator, rehabilitiation therapist, case manager, counselor, dance/movement therapist, expressive therapist, therapeutic rehabilitation specialist, and manager.

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