Admissions

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Application Processphoto of a student

The path to becoming a Music major is different than for other majors. The information below will guide you through the process of becoming a School of Music student. This process is necessary for all students who apply to the School of Music regardless of the your desired degree program.

  1. Apply to Wright State University on the Undergraduate Admissions website.  To be a student of the School of Music, you must also apply and be accepted into Wright State University.
  2. Apply to the School of Music. To apply to the School of Music, fill out and submit the Undergraduate Application.
  3. Prepare for your Audition. Review the Audition Requirements for your instrument. For more detailed information on what your audition day will consist of, go to Audition Day.
Audition dates for Fall 2015 admission
  • Admission and Scholarship Consideration:
    • Saturday, February 14, 2015
    • Saturday, February 28, 2015
  • Admission Only:
    • Saturday, April 11, 2015

If you have any other questions, please call Amy Neace at (937) 775-2346 or email at music@wright.edu.

 

FAQs

May I submit an audition by using a recording?

Although we strongly encourage live, on-site auditions, all undergraduate applicants who live beyond a 250-mile radius of Dayton, Ohio may submit their entire audition online at the Acceptd site (use the "Submit your digital audition" button below). This includes all instruments and voice types. If you meet this criteria and it is your intention to submit your entire audition online, please notify the music undergraduate admission office of your intent through email at music@wright.edu or call (937) 775-2346.

What if I have a conflict with all the audition dates and live within the 250-mile radius?

If you have a conflict with the scheduled audition days and live within 250 miles of the Wright State campus, please contact the applied teacher for your instrument or voice to discuss the possibility of submitting an online audition. To find the correct applied teacher, visit the People section of our website.

Graduate

Admission Procedures

  1. Apply to the Wright State University Graduate School
  2. The application and information on applying are available online on the Graduate School's Apply Now page. A hardcopy is available at the Graduate School office, E344 Student Union or by calling (937) 775-2976. A fee is required to apply.
  3. Apply to the School of Music
    To apply, please send a copy of your current resume to the Interim Director of Graduate Studies in Music, Dabiel Zehringer via email or US Mail to:
    Daniel Zehringer
    Wright State University
    3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
    Dayton, OH 45435
  4. Auditions are only required for performance majors or those wanting to take applied lessons. Contact the Interim Director of Graduate Studies for more details.

Admission Requirements

  • In addition to meeting the requirements of the Graduate School, an applicant for admission to the Graduate Studies in Music program present a degree in music from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students who wish to study performance for graduate credit must audition for faculty in their areas of performance. GRE is not required. 
  • Four to six weeks after the completion and submission of the Graduate School application file, students will be notified of their admission status by the Graduate School:
    • Regular status when all Graduate School requirements are met and all records have been received.
    • Provisionally if their file is mostly complete (for instance, if we’re waiting for a transcript), on a case-by-case basis. 
    • Conditionally if a student has a cumulative GPA’s lower than 3.0 for the first 12 credits, when their file is reviewed for a WSU graduate cum GPA of 3.0. 
    • Non-degree-seeking students may take graduate credits in some courses, but are not working for a degree.  It is preferred that students who want to be in a degree program not apply for non-degree-seeking status

International Students

Visit the University Center for International Education (UCIE ) website for Admissions information.

Explore a great musical and cultural opportunity.

Why study music at Wright State?
  • Large enough to offer outstanding musical opportunities, small enough to offer personal attention, WSU offers a vibrant musical environment to learn and grow
  • Outstanding faculty, with artists and scholars committed to teaching students
  • High quality performance ensembles
  • The right size. Large enough to offer outstanding musical opportunities, small enough to offer personal attention
  • A great location. Dayton, Ohio offers a vibrant musical environment with other major cities of Columbus, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis a short drive away
  • Financial aid available for graduate and undergraduate students Visit the UCIE website to learn more.
  • Graduate performance options include: instrumental applied, vocal applied, choral or instrumental conducting, and opera
Where Musicians Succeed

Interpret music of master composers by looking for emotions and expressions behind the notes. Learn how to perform music in a communicative and meaningful way. See how others have found success at WSU.

Studying abroad, an experience of a life time.

Studying at Wright State University has been one of the highlights of my life.

I am inspired by, and have learned a lot from my professor and fellow-students. Most importantly, I have acquired much knowledge in interpreting music of master composers by looking for emotions and expressions behind the notes, and have learned how to perform music in a communicative and meaningful way.

I am proud to say that I have made an excellent decision in coming to study at Wright State University.

Peggy Lau, Piano Performance Major from Macau
2008 Concerto-Aria Night winner
Soloist with WSU Symphony Orchestra in Chopin’s Piano Concerto #2 in F minor, March 3, 2009

Admission Requirements

No TOEFL score is required to enter or take English ESL classes in WSU Intensive English Language Program (LEAP).

  • Completed graduate/undergraduate application form and application fee
  • Completed LEAP application form (if no minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores are provided)
  • Official transcripts from high school or higher education institution attended with English translation attached
  • A financial statement form
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or LEAP)
  • CD of applicant performing
  • Current bank statement in US dollars (for I-20)
  • Copy of passport showing name & birth date (for I-20)

Auditions

Although we strongly encourage live, on-site auditions, all undergraduate applicants who live beyond a 250-mile radius of Dayton, Ohio may submit their entire audition online at the Acceptd site (use the "Submit your digital audition" button below). This includes all instruments and voice types. If you meet this criteria and it is your intention to submit your entire audition online, please notify the music undergraduate admission office of your intent through email at music@wright.edu or call (937) 775-2346.