Ph.D. On Campus

Dance Studies

The Ohio State University

24 months
40831 USD/year
37687 USD/year
12679 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The focus of the PhD in Dance Studies at the The Ohio State University keeps dance at its core with research grounded in and emanating from this rich nucleus of human activity. The aim of the program is to produce scholars who can demonstrate disciplinary rigor, intellectual acumen and a profound awareness of developments in their field.


Key facts:

  • Dance-specific scholarship (incorporating, for instance, the analysis of movement, compositional studies and historical methodologies) forms the heart of the department’s research perspective, and emphasis is thus placed on the student’s attainment of literacy in the theory, history and literature of dance through a cluster of required core courses that reflect this perspective.
  • After completing core Dance Studies courses at the The Ohio State University, the PhD student conceives a research topic with the close advisement of faculty members. Benefiting from the department’s situation within a leading research university, the student may choose to supplement this independent research through extra-disciplinary studies in any number of fields available in the larger university. The PhD student’s research culminates in a written dissertation.

Programme Structure

  • The PhD program requires a total 80 units of graduate credit, at least 50 of which must be earned beyond the Master's degree. It is a full-time degree; part-time students are occasionally considered on a case-by-case basis. All doctoral students complete a written qualifying examination at the end of the first year of study to prepare for continuing studies. Students entering the program with a bachelor's degree only complete an additional written comprehensive examination at the end of the first year in the program. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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50 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Submit documentation that demonstrates fulfillment of the following:

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential)
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Prerequisite training that will enable you to pursue your program
  • Standardized test score (GRE or GMAT)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    40831 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 40831 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    37687 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 37687 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12679 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12679 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Columbus

940 - 1520 USD /month
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