Application process

Application and audition fees are waived for UArts students. Our admission counselors are available to provide one-on-one support. Email [email protected] to connect with us. Transfer credit evaluations are available to help determine how quickly you can complete your degree at Rider.

Undergraduate arts programs

Bring your passion and talents to Rider's intimate and engaged community of gifted students and faculty, all committed to developing and sharing their talents in music and the fine and performing arts.

Please note that, while the University is proud to welcome new students from all disciplines, Rider’s musical theatre program is currently at capacity and unable to accept new applicants.

Arts majors include:

  • Acting for Film, Television and Theatre, B.F.A.
  • Arts and Entertainment Industries Management, B.A.
  • Dance, B.A.
  • Dance Science, B.A.
  • Film and Television, B.A.
  • Game & Interactive Media Design, B.A.
  • Graphic Design, B.A.
  • Music, B.A.M.
  • Music Education, B.M.
  • Music Education, B.M./MME
  • Music Production, B.A.
  • Theatre, B.A. - Design & Technology concentration
  • Theatre, B.A. - Theatre-Making concentration
  • Voice Performance, B.M.

Graduate arts programs

Continue your graduate-level arts education at Rider University. On-campus housing and graduate assistantships are available. 

Graduate degree programs:

  • Choral Conducting, M.M.
  • Online Master of Choral Pedagogy, M.C.P.
  • Online Sacred Music, M.M. (Practical Track)
  • Online Master of Voice Pedagogy, M.V.P.
  • Master of Music Education, M.M.E.
  • Sacred Music, M.M.
  • Voice Pedagogy & Performance, Pedagogy Emphasis, M.M.
  • Voice Pedagogy & Performance, Performance Emphasis, M.M.

Why choose Rider

Our exciting coursework, distinguished and motivating faculty, abundant performance facilities, along with our strong arts community, provide students with a rich, robust training and education in all aspects of life in the arts.


annual student performances


major productions (including 3 musicals, 3 non-musicals and 2 cabarets)


choirs, including our Grammy Award-winning Westminster Symphonic Choir

A male singer and chorus.

Excellence in the arts

At Rider, you'll find:

  • A supportive, community-focused environment that celebrates diversity and inclusion.
  • Professionally active faculty who bring their artistry, creativity, and experience into the classroom.
  • Rich performance opportunities where you can put what you’ve learned into practice.
  • Various practice rooms, performance and rehearsal spaces, recording studios, instruments and more.
  • Easy access to New York and Philadelphia where thousands of opportunities await.
  • Leading guests artists and performers who regularly visit campus.
  • An affordable arts education. We tailor generous scholarships and aid packages to meet your unique needs.