Admissions and Registration
NOTE: Returning students should not apply online, or you will be charged an application fee.
Students must be officially accepted for admission to the School of Graduate Studies before they may register for graduate credit. Application and information can be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies office at E344 Student Union on the main campus or by calling (937) 775-2976. (Apply Online or Download a PDF application) All correspondence pertaining to the admission of a student should be addressed to the School of Graduate Studies, Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, Ohio 45435-0001. The School of Graduate Studies will coordinate the processing of the application.
Applications for admission and supporting credentials should be received at least four weeks before registration for the quarter in which the student wishes to begin graduate study.(Apply Online or Download a PDF application)
All documents received by the university in connection with an application for admission become the property of Wright State University. Under no circumstances will they be returned to applicants or forwarded to any agency or other college or university.
Admission to the School of Graduate Studies does not necessarily indicate admission to an advanced degree. Such admission is subject to specific requirements as defined by the individual programs.
Students are identified by the School of Graduate Studies as being in one of the following categories.
The student is admitted as fully qualified to pursue a program leading toward a graduate degree.
Under certain conditions, a student may be admitted provisionally (for one quarter only), pending receipt of credentials. If admission requirements are not met during the quarter in which a student was admitted provisionally, registration for future quarters will be denied and the student will lose graduate credit for any graduate courses completed during the quarter.
The student who does not meet the admission requirements for regular status, or who has conditions placed on his or her admission by an academic program, is admitted to a degree program in this status. Graduate credit earned while in this status will apply toward degree requirements. If all admission requirements are satisfied and the student has completed the first 12 hours of graduate credit, after being admitted into this status, with a 3.0 (a grade equivalent of a B) cumulative grade point average, regular status will be granted upon approval of the graduate program. A student who does not meet these conditions will be dismissed from the School of Graduate Studies.
A student who does not plan to work toward a degree may be admitted on a nondegree basis in order to take selected graduate courses. A student cannot receive a degree while in this status. Admission into this status does not imply or guarantee that a student will be granted admission into a degree program; the student must meet all the admission requirements for degree status. Should students be accepted into degree status at a later date, a maximum of one-half (50 percent) of the graduate hours required for completion of degree requirements may consist of applicable graduate courses completed in nondegree status.
A student in nondegree status must maintain a 3.0 graduate grade point average. Furthermore, a student in this status who does not have a 3.0 graduate cumulative grade point average during the quarter in which he or she completes 12 hours of graduate course work while in this status will be dismissed from the School of Graduate Studies.
A student who wishes to complete teacher certification/licensure requirements at the grad-uate level but who does not wish to pursue a graduate degree may be admitted as a certifi-cation/licensure candidate. A student cannot receive a degree while in this status. Subject to subsequent admission into a degree program and program approval, a maximum of one-half (50 percent) of the graduate hours required for completion of degree requirements may consist of applicable graduate courses completed in certification/licensure status (see Retroactive Graduate Credit, page 44 of this catalog, for additional information.)
Senior Permission Status
Seniors at Wright State who have completed 162 credit hours toward the baccalaureate degree and have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 may apply for permission to elect specified graduate courses for graduate or undergraduate credit. Approval must be granted by these students undergraduate advisor, the chair of the department in which graduate or undergraduate credit is being sought, and the School of Graduate Studies. No charges will be granted to the type of credit selected after the course(s) have been completed. Courses taken for undergraduate credit may be applied, with the academics unit's approval, toward undergraduate degree requirements. Normally, only 12 hours of graduate course work taken for graduate credit may be applied toward degree requirements, with the graduate departments or programs approval, after the students have been admitted into a graduate program. Students admitted to an approved transition program may be allowed to take and apply more than twelve hours of graduate credit. Senior permission is given for one quarter only. Students in an approved graduate transition program are subject to credit hour restrictions approved for the transition program.
Students in special graduate status are not considered to be admitted into the School of Graduate Studies.
Students who have a bachelors degree may enroll in certain workshop courses for graduate credit without being admitted to the graduate school. Should students be accepted into degree status at a later date, a maximum of 12 quarter hours of graduate workshop credit can be applied with program approval toward degree requirements (see Retroactive Graduate Credit, page 44 of this catalog, for additional information).
Students actively pursuing a graduate program at another college or university who wish to earn credits for transfer to that institution may be admitted for one quarter. Transient students will normally not be required to submit official transcripts. Students must complete the admission application (Apply Online or Download a PDF application) and request the dean of their graduate school to complete the Wright State transient form indicating they are in good standing.
Admission Test Requirements
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
Each applicant for admission to the Master of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy programs, regardless of previous academic record, must submit satisfactory scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test before admission will be considered. The GMAT is available year-round as a computer-based test at noted GMAT test centers. Preregistration directly with the Educational Testing Service is required. Registration information may be obtained from the University College, the graduate school, or the testing service.
Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
Applicants for admission to the College of Education and Human Services must submit satisfactory scores on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Information concerning the MAT may be obtained from the University College or the School of Graduate Studies.
Students applying to Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Health, Physical Education, and Recreation degree programs need not take the GRE or MAT if their cumulative undergraduate GPA for all undergraduate work completed at regionally accredited universities/colleges is at least a 3.0. Students applying to Human Services degree programs need not take the GRE or MAT if their cumulative undergraduate GPA is at lease a 3.3. (The PRAXIS test will not be waived for students applying to programs requiring this test.)
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
Applicants to Ph.D. programs and to graduate programs in computer science, computer engineering, human factors and industrial/organizational psychology, pharmacology and toxicology, social and applied economics, and certain other programs under particular circumstances, may be required to submit scores on the aptitude and advanced portions of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). The GRE consists of two parts: the general test, which contains verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions, and the subject tests, which assess achievement in the students major field. Students will be advised by the School of Graduate Studies when the GRE is required as an additional admission requirement.
Graduate Record Examinations, for which fees are charged, are available as follows: General Testyear-round computer-based testing at designated GRE test centers; Subject Testscheduled throughout the United States at designated GRE test centers in April, November, and December. Preregistration directly with the Educational Testing Service is required. Information and registration forms may be obtained from the University College, the graduate school, or the testing service.
Applicants will be advised concerning GRE test requirements following a review of their admission files.
Students with visual or upper extremity impairments who wish to take
the GRE should follow the directions outlined in the GRE brochure,
which is available in the University College, from the graduate school,
or directly from the testing service.
A student or applicant who falls into one of these categories must reapply for admission:
Admission to graduate school is normally predicated on completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree. Students seeking admission into graduate status at Wright State who have earned a three-year bachelors degree may not be eligible to be admitted. In order to be eligible for admission, the students three-year programs must be equivalent to and meet the standards of regionally accredited four-year degree programs in the United States. The determination of equivalency will be made by International Admissions (UCIE) and/or the School of Graduate Studies. Students with three-year degrees that are not equivalent to regionally accredited four-year degrees may be eligible for admission if the students have earned a masters degree prior to coming to Wright State or completed a minimum of 45 hours of additional course work. The 45 hours should consist of either general education courses or program specific courses as determined by a graduate program or the School of Graduate Studies. Students may be required to take English 101 and 102 as part of or in addition to the 45 hours if it is determined by a program or the School of Graduate Studies that they have difficulty with the English language and/or have not met the requirements of freshman English. Students may be referred to the Department of English Language and Literatures for diagnostic testing for English deficiencies.
Wright State welcomes applications from qualified international students.(Apply Online or Download a PDF application) Approximately 600 students on F-1 and J-1 student visas currently attend the university. Application materials may be requested from the University Center for International Education (UCIE). Applications for admission must be completed six months prior to the quarter in which the applicant wishes to begin studies at Wright State; applications for fall quarter must be completed by the end of March.
Graduate international applicants are expected to meet the following criteria for admission:
Students must be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies in order to register for and earn graduate credit. Students granted special status may also earn graduate credit but only in workshop courses.
Wright State is on the quarter system. The academic year is divided into three quarters (fall, winter, and spring) and a summer session (two five-week terms and one 10-week term). Registration dates are announced in the quarterly class schedule.
Upon completion of the admission requirements and acceptance by the School of Graduate Studies, students are authorized to register.
Students in the following programs must meet additional requirements before registration will be authorized:
Registration must be completed by the date indicated in the quarterly class schedule. Students who register early will be mailed fee statements.
Registration will not be accepted after the first week of the quarter unless the department chair or dean of the college or school approves the late registration. Students who register with permission after the 14th day of the term will be charged a late registration fee. Fees must be paid by the date indicated in the quarterly class schedule. No students may be admitted to classes for which they have not been properly registered.
After new students have met with their advisor, they are ready to register for classes. Registration information and dates are announced in the quarterly schedule of classes. Once students have advisor approval (if required), they may register through the Raider Express Telephone System using a touch-tone phone or in person at the windows of the Office of the Registrar. Students in the School of Professional Psychology, Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program, or Department of Theatre Arts may not use Raider Express for registration. Students must register in person in these cases.
Continuing students should check the quarterly class schedule or their registration information on WINGS Express for the specific date they may begin to register.
Students will find fee payment information and deadlines in the
quarterly class schedule
Registrations will not be canceled for students who register during the open registration period but do not pay their fees on time. These students will be responsible for payment of fees and are subject to deadline dates as stated in the quarterly class schedule for dropping and receiving refunds.
Students may pay fees by check or money order, made payable to Wright State University, and sent to the Office of the Bursar. Students may also use Discover, MasterCard, or Visa credit cards to charge most fees paid to the university. In addition, students have the option of using the Student Installment Payment Plan (SIPP) to spread quarterly fees for tuition, insurance, and university housing (if applicable) over a three-month period.
A current schedule of refund dates and other information about refunds can be found in the quarterly class schedule, online, and in the Office of the Registrar.
Students who have registered for graduate classes at Wright State University for any of the four preceding quarters will be authorized to register for the current quarter. Students who have not registered during the preceding year must reapply to the School of Graduate Studies to have their files updated.
If class space permits, students admitted to the School of Graduate Studies may audit a course with written approval from the instructor before they enroll. The amount of participation required of auditing students is left to the discretion of the instructor, but it cannot exceed that required of regular students. Audited courses may not be used to establish full-time status, and students may not change their registration from audit to credit or from credit to audit after the first week of class.
A change in registration is made through WINGS Express or submitting a drop and add form to the Office of the Registrar. Students should refer to the quarterly class schedule for specific deadlines for dropping courses and receiving refunds. The deadline for adding classes is the end of the first week of classes. There is no fee for adding courses, although instructional and general fees are charged where applicable. A late registration fee will be assessed for students who register or add classes on or after the 15th day of the term.
Students may drop a course without a grade of W appearing on their transcript if the course is dropped by the date specified in the quarterly class schedule. Students should refer to the quarterly class schedule for deadline dates for dropping a class or withdrawing. A student who stops attending a course and does not officially withdraw will receive a grade of F or X at the instructors discretion. The X grade remains on the students permanent record and is computed in the grade point average as an F.
Students may repeat once any graduate course previously taken for credit in which the grade received was below a B. Only the hours and grade points earned from the repeated course will be included in the computation of the grade point average and in meeting degree requirements.
Students should indicate that they are repeating a course when registering. Repeats are permitted only twice in any masters degree program.
A students registration each quarter should reflect the level of academic participation in university life and anticipated progress toward the degree. This is particularly true of students involved in thesis, dissertation, and special project research. Academic units may set minimum registration requirements for continuing and readmitted students which represent the units supervision of those students efforts to complete degree requirements.
Students must be registered for at least one hour of graduate credit as designated by the department during the quarter in which the successful defense of a thesis or dissertation is accomplished.
Any exception must be approved by the students advisor, department chair, and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
School of Graduate Studies
E344 Student Union
Voice: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453