Master of Arts in Dance and Movement Therapy Counseling
Established in 1974, the two-year master’s program in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling educates students for creative, responsive and effective therapy practice. This unique program addresses both the art and science of dance/movement therapy. The graduate work develops students’ personal, creative, cognitive, and movement resources so they can effectively engage in therapeutic movement relationships that facilitate access to these resources in their clients.
Dance/movement therapy is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement in a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, social, and physical integration of the individual. The profession is positioned to meet an increasing interest in mind-body approaches to mental and physical health that have emerged in health profession circles and in the general public.
Upon graduation, students go on to work in schools, early intervention programs, community mental health, inpatient psychiatric, medical, social service, and wellness settings. Students also pioneer new frontiers in therapy application.
The Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program's 90-quarter-credit curriculum is designed to meet the Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) educational requirements. Most states, including PA, also require a course in career counseling, and we offer that as an elective. Be advised, however, that licensure requirements vary widely from state to state, and may change at any time. Therefore, if you are or will be interested in counseling licensure in the future, you are strongly advised to access and check the requirements for any state(s) in which you plan to work and practice. It is the students' responsibility to know and understand the requirements for any type of future licensure.
What you'll learn
The Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program integrates dance and movement into a whole-person approach to mental health.
Students learn to apply the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) to the evaluation of individual and group functioning and to the design of therapy interventions. The program also recognizes the importance of the therapist's function on a treatment team and fosters students' abilities to communicate valuable knowledge that may not be available to the team through strictly verbal treatment approaches.
Key program components include:
- Collaborative education in a small dance/movement therapy student cohort.
- An educational environment vitalized by faculty member involvement in clinical practice, scholarship, and professional service.
- Supervised dance/movement therapy clinical education experiences in three different settings, with both children and adults, beginning in the first term of study.
- Ongoing integration of theory and practice in classroom and clinical education settings.
- Preparation to serve multiculturally diverse populations.
- Introduction to recent developments in neuroscience as relevant to the mind-body discipline of dance/movement therapy.
- Dance/movement therapy research and capstone project guided by a multidisciplinary advisory committee.
What makes the Drexel Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program unique?
- Learning enrichment derived from interaction with students and faculty from other creative arts therapy disciplines.
- Specialty elective coursework in medical applications of dance/movement therapy.
to enroll in dance classes and audition for the Drexel Dance Ensemble .
- You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to various practice environments and educational facilities.
The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Visit the Compliance pages for more information.
As a student of the College of Nursing and Health Professions you will be required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, child and elder abuse checks, drug test, immunizations, physical exams, health history, and/or other types of screening before being permitted to begin clinical training.
You will not need to submit documentation of these requirements as part of your application to the master’s program. Failure to fully satisfy these requirements as directed upon enrollment may prevent assignment to a clinical site for training. A background check that reflects a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect your ability to be placed in certain facilities, and later, to become board certified and licensed.
We accept and review applications on a rolling basis through June 1st for entry the following Fall. We encourage you to apply as early as possible, as the incoming class often reaches capacity before June 1st.
Baccalaureate degree and a sound background in dance/movement. Although no particular undergraduate major is required, applicants should have taken courses in areas such as psychology, sociology, human development, or anthropology. Dance/movement experience may be part of undergraduate degree or may be acquired in studio work. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed.
- Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
- If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
- Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions
Three letters of recommendation required, preferably addressing your work in human services, community, or mental health. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of recommender. The envelope must be submitted unopened.