Admissions Procedures

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Procedures

Waiver of Undergraduate GP in lieu of Graduate GPA

Students having master's or other advanced degrees, or who have previously completed 12 quarter or 9 semester credit hours at the graduate level with an overall graduate grade point average of 3.0, from an appropriately accredited academic institution or an academic institution with high academic standards deemed appropriate and acceptable by the Wright State academic program to which the student is applying may be admitted into Wright State graduate programs in regular status regardless of their undergraduate grade point averages provided the appropriate academic departments or programs recommend them for admission.

Admission from Non-Accredited Schools

Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an appropriately accredited academic institution or at an academic institution with high academic standards may be deemed appropriate and acceptable by the Wright State academic program to which the student is applying.

Admission Procedure for Graduate Degree Status

  1. Students submit a completed graduate admission application to the Graduate School. Applications for admission and all supporting credentials, including test scores if required, should be received at least four weeks before registration for the semester in which the students wish to begin graduate study. Some programs require applications to be submitted substantially earlier; please consult with the individual program office for any program-specific deadlines.
  2. Students request the registrars of all colleges or universities previously attended to send one official transcript directly to the Graduate School (official transcripts become the property of Wright State University and will not be returned to the applicant). If courses from one university/college appear on another university's/college's transcript, students are still required to submit an official transcript from the college where they originally completed the course work.
  3. Students pay a non-refundable $40 graduate application fee. Applicants who are McNair Scholars or who are in the NIH-funded PREP (Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program) program will have this fee waived. Such students must apply with a paper application or emailed PDF application form, and cannot use the on-line application system.
  4. Students submit appropriate test scores and/or documents such as letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, or statement of goals and objectives to satisfy particular program or departmental requirements. Applicants must also meet any additional requirements stipulated by a particular program.
  5. Students submit a completed and signed provisional memo of understanding for students requesting and/or being recommended by an academic program for provisional admission pending subsequent submission of their academic credentials. The memo, which must be on file in the Graduate School, details the conditions under which the students are being admitted. The final decision to admit students into provisional status is made by the Graduate School after reviewing the recommendations from the academic programs.
  6. The Graduate School reviews the completed admissions file, calculates the students' total undergraduate grade point average as well as a grade point average for any graduate work undertaken, and sends copies of the application and supporting documents to the appropriate program official for review and an admission recommendation.
  7. The program reviews the students' academic credentials and sends an admission recommendation to the Graduate School.
  8. The Associate Director of Graduate Admissions reviews the recommendation and the applicants' academic credentials to see if the Graduate School admissions requirements have been met.
  9. The Associate Director of Graduate Admissions notifies the applicants by letter in regard to any decisions regarding their admission.

Admission Procedure for Graduate Nondegree, Certification and Transient Statuses

Applicants for non-degree status must submit a completed graduate application to the Graduate School and request an official transcript from the institution where they received their undergraduate or graduate degree. The official transcript must reflect the award of the degree.

Applicants for Licensure status must submit a completed graduate application to the Graduate School and request one official transcript to be sent directly to the Graduate School from each college and university previously attended. This also applies to applicants who hold the master's degree or higher.

Students applying for transient status must submit a completed "Permission for Transient Status" form in lieu of official transcripts (See 1.17).

All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee. Non-degree and transient students pay a $10 fee; licensure students pay a $40 fee.  In addition to the above, applicants may be required to meet specific college or program requirements in order to take graduate courses offered by those colleges or programs.

The Associate Director of Graduate Admissions upon receipt of the completed application and all supporting documents, reviews the file and renders a decision on non-degree and transient applications. Licensure applications are sent to the college for admission decisions.  

The Graduate School notifies the applicants by letter of the admission decision.

Change of Program 

Students who wish to change from one degree program to another must follow one of the procedures outlined below.

College of Education and Human Services students may request a program change by submitting a Change of Program Form to the College's Office of Graduate Student Services. The College of Education and Human Services will consider approval of the change, and inform the Graduate School that the student’s program has been changed. The Graduate School will update the student’s records accordingly.

College of Nursing and Health students may request a change of concentration by submitting a Change of Concentration Form to the College of Nursing and Health office. The College will consider approval of the change, and inform the Graduate School that the student’s program has been changed. The Graduate School will update the student’s records accordingly.

M.B.A. students in the Raj Soin College of Business who wish to change their concentration within that program may submit a request to the Director of Graduate Business Programs in the College of Business. The College of Business will consider approval of the change, and inform the Graduate School that the student’s program has been changed. The Graduate School will update the student’s records accordingly.

All other students requesting a change of program must complete and submit an application for admission to the Graduate School. (Note - new letters of recommendation may be required. If permission to use the previous letter (s) for the new program is granted in writing to the students by the original author(s) and the new program, new letters will not be required.) The application and supporting documents will be forwarded to and reviewed by the program concerned and subsequently by the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions. The Graduate School will notify students of the admission decision.

In all cases, students who change from one graduate program to another, or who change their concentration or major within a program, must file a new Program of Study with the Graduate School (see section 7.20) no later than the end of the second term after the start of the new program.