Admission to Candidacy
Students desiring to be Recording Industry or Audio Production majors must apply for and be admitted into a limited number of openings in the program. This ensures our majors have ample access to our facilities and maintains the integrity of our degree by selecting students who perform at a high level. You will not be eligible to take most Recording Industry courses unless and until you are granted admission.
Admission is granted three times per year after the end of the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Students should apply for candidacy BEFORE THE END of the semester in which they will have completed the respective requirements for candidacy.
Audio Production students can either apply for the new Bachelor of Science in Audio Production (AP) degree or the Bachelor of Science in Recording Industry (RI) with a concentration in AP. MOST STUDENTS should select "Audio Production B.S." when applying. Students who entered MTSU under an older catalog (such as 2015) and who HAVE NOT taken RIM 2300 Digital Audio Technology (yet have met all other candidacy requirements) should apply under the BS in RI Audio Production concentration. Please note that Audio Production students who have attended MTSU for a couple of semesters and have not taken RIM 2300 can still change majors to the BS in Audio Production after receiving candidacy.
Commercial Songwriting and Music Business students should select the appropriate "RIM"-related option for their respective concentration when applying.
See the following links for candidacy requirements in each major and MAKE SURE YOU HAVE MET ALL OF THEM BEFORE APPLYING!
BS in Audio Production (Most Audio Production students will need to meet THESE requirements)
BS in Recording Industry (RI)
- BS in RI, Audio Production concentration: Only for students entering under older catalogs (such as 2015). Candidacy requirements are the same as the Commercial Songwriting and Music Business concentrations except that you must take RIM 3010 instead of RIM 3011.
- BS in RI, Commercial Songwriting concentration
- BS in RI, Music Business concentration
Everything make sense? If so and if you’ve met the requirements, then:
Apply for candidacy here
The form and basic instructions for appealing rejected candidacies can be found here. Awards based on appeals from the most recent semester will be announced before the beginning of priority registration during the following semester. For instance, if you file an appeal after being denied Fall 2017 candidacy, you will receive your appeal decision before priority registration for Summer and Fall 2018 classes.
Students who do not achieve candidacy by appointment or appeal may reapply the following semester.