Wright State University
2004-2005 Graduate Catalog
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This Is Wright State University

Named after Orville and Wilbur Wright, the inventors of powered flight, Wright State University continues their tradition of innovation. A rich and dynamic community of more than 16,000 students, Wright State is a place where tomorrow takes flight.

Wright State is a nationally accredited state university with an impressive range of study. Its six colleges and three schools offer more than 100 undergraduate degrees and nearly 50 Ph.D., master's, and professional degrees.

Whether it's preparing students to take their place in our ever-changing world, conducting research that can improve our lives, or partnering with local communities and businesses, Wright State University is making an impact, both locally and globally.

Modern Campus

Wright State, located 12 miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio, gives you the best of both worlds: state-of-the art facilities in a beautiful 557-acre wooded setting. The university's modern architecture is nationally recognized. In addition, Wright State is a national leader in accommodating the needs of students with disabilities and boasts an extensive underground tunnel system linking most of the 24 campus buildings.

Faculty Excellence

Caring and experienced faculty will help you reach your career goals. Most classes are small and taught by fully affiliated faculty members, 80 percent of whom hold the most advanced degrees in their fields. The faculty is dedicated to advancing the frontiers of knowledge, as well as applying it to real problems.

Students gain hands-on experience through a variety of community-based programs, cooperative education, internships, service learning, and research projects. In fact, Wright State is the third largest recipient of external research support among Ohio's public universities. It is one of an elite group of universities doing research in cutting-edge fields-making new discoveries that are improving the world around us.

Educational Resources

The University Libraries, consisting of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library and the Fordham Health Sciences Library, are linked through the OhioLINK system and Internet to holdings of other major academic libraries in Ohio and to a wide range of databases for electronic research. The Dunbar Library is home to one of the world's most complete collections of the Wright brothers' papers and memorabilia. Other special collections include the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Depository collection, an African American collection, as well as sections on local history, children's literature, and university history.

Athletics and Recreation

There's plenty to explore and enjoy. Wright State offers 16 Division I intercollegiate athletic programs, and many students participate in intramural sports programs. The Ervin J. Nutter Center, a 12,000-seat entertainment and sports complex, and other recreational facilities are available to students on a daily basis. More than 130 student clubs and organizations give vibrancy to campus life.

Convenient Classes

Classes are scheduled with busy graduate students in mind. Many classes are conveniently scheduled so students can attend classes after work hours, and more than half attend all of their classes after 4 p.m. The average age of the university's 4,021 graduate and professional students is 31.4 years.


Wright State University was willed into existence by the community it serves. In 1962, a group of visionary citizens, who saw a need for accessible higher education, organized a public campaign to raise seed money to establish the Miami Valley's first public university. Wright State opened its doors in 1964 as the Dayton Campus of Miami University and The Ohio State University. In October 1967, Wright State became an independent state university.

Lake Campus

The 173-acre Lake Campus, located between Celina and St. Marys on the north shore of Grand Lake, offers associate and pre-baccalaureate degrees, and limited baccalaureate and master's degree programs.

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