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Geography Graduate Program

Geography is a diverse and innovative field of study that bridges humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Geographers engage with the most pressing issues of our time, including global environmental change, social inequality and transformations of our economy, politics, ecology and culture in the shifting terrain of the 21st century. Our geographers are trained in cutting-edge approaches to understand and make a difference in our rapidly changing world. 

WVU offers master’s and doctoral degrees in geography. Our graduate program has a large faculty with expertise in the subdisciplines of human geography, environmental geography and geographic information science. Using qualitative and quantitative research methods, our faculty research in south Asia, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, east Asia and the U.S., including Appalachia. 

Our interdisciplinary learning environment featuring state-of-the-art computing and spatial analysis facilities offers students the chance to develop innovative research projects and learn valuable skills to help solve some of the major challenges facing our world today. 

The geography graduate program was designated a program of excellence by the WVU Board of Governors in 1998, 2003 and 2008. This award is given to a small, select group of academic programs in universities in the state of West Virginia in recognition of their extensive and high quality contribution to higher education in the state. 

Research Areas

To learn more about what areas of Geography might interest you explore current WVU Geography faculty research.

Graduate Information 

WVU Office of Graduate Education and Life provides resources for incoming and current WVU graduate students. As a graduate student at WVU, you are a part of internationally recognized academic programs. You have access to expert mentors and advisors, funding opportunities, and the chance to conduct research and present your findings — all within a welcoming community.

The WVU Office of Graduate Education and Life provides information on Fellowships and Scholarships.

Within the Department of Geology & Geography, The Geo Grad Group is an organization aimed at helping geography and geology graduate students, providing a platform where graduate students can come with issues they are facing and provide an official voice. GGG creates opportunities for graduates in geography and geology to interact with each other, faculty and related professionals. GGG provides fundraising and community service opportunities to provide additional travel funds for students attending academic conferences and events.


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