Harness the Healing Power of Dance as a Therapeutic Method

Rider’s M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) concentration will enable you to combine your passion for dance with your desire to help others. As a dance/movement therapist, you will be able to help people with anxiety, depression, disordered eating, poor self-esteem, post traumatic psychosis, addictions, autism, developmental disabilities and dementia, among others.

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

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By the Numbers


Median annual salary for dance/movement therapists (Payscale.com, 2020)


Projected job growth through 2020, faster than average


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Year completion rate - or attend part-time and finish in 3.5 or 4.5 years

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Rider’s DMT program is the only one that is within a counseling program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Enrich the Lives of Others

Use your creativity, artistry and knowledge in dance to improve health and wellbeing through expressive movement.

Common Workplace Settings

  • Counseling and mental health programs
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Correctional facilities
  • Substance abuse treatment programs
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Schools for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities

Program Features

• Meet the educational qualifications for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credentials in New Jersey and most other states, the national Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential and the entry level credential as a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT)

• Be active in your learning. Movement Based Experiential Learning is central to developing the mind-body connection as well as the knowledge and skills to practice DMT

• Dance and move to gain insight into your creative process and how to use creativity in DMT

• Gain extensive and valuable clinical experience

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Program Requirements

Dance/Movement Therapy is a concentration in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program. This track requires a separate movement interview for admission.

All students in this area of study must complete 60-credits of coursework as well as 900 hours of fieldwork. Fieldwork must be completed towards the end of the program over a minimum of two semesters, after completion of required academic coursework. Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program all take 36-credits of core courses. The DMT concentration requires 24-credits of coursework specific to DMT including 12 credits of fieldwork.

How to Apply

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Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 


• A bachelor’s degree in any major from an accredited college or university. A major in psychology or dance is not required, but undergraduate courses in psychology and dance studies are recommended.  

• Dance training in at least two different dance or movement forms, with in depth experience in at least one.

4+2 Option for Dance and Psychology Majors

A 4+2 degree option allows qualified undergraduate dance or psychology majors at Rider University to accelerate earning their master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy. Contact the program coordinator to learn more.

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Accreditation Information

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with a Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration is CACREP-accredited until October 31, 2022.

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I never would have thought that I would be able to incorporate something I love so much (dance) with helping others and turning it into my career path. I know Rider is giving me the tools to have a successful future as a professional helper.
Stephani Herman, Class of 2021
Dance/Movement Therapy (M.A.)

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Eri Millrod

Assistant Professor I

Bart Luedeke Center

emillrod [at] rider.edu

609-896-5000 ext. 7067

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