Geology Graduate Program
The Geology Program at West Virginia University is currently recruiting M.S. and Ph.D. students, with competitive funding packages available through Research and Teaching Assistantships. Graduate students with strong GIS skills can also receive funding through the WV GIS Technical Center, which is part of the Department.
WVU Geology offers both research Master’s and Doctoral degrees as well as a rigorous
Master’s professional studies degree. Our graduate program comprises core geology faculty with expertise in the interdisciplinary subfields including:
- Earth’s system interactions, past and present
- Energy resources
- Environmental Geology and Geochemistry
- Planetary Geoscience
The Geology program has a robust externally funded research program, with active grants from
NSF, NASA, Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, EPA, National Park
Service, and the United States Geological Survey. Graduate students regularly
present at national and international conferences and publish their results in
internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. Graduate alumni have successful
careers in energy and environmental/hydrology industries, state and federal government,
To apply for Fall admission, submit transcripts, GRE test scores, letters of recommendation,
and statements of interest by February 1st through the WVU application portal
r more information and questions, please contact the Geology Graduate Program Director
Geology at West Virginia University
Geology is a dynamic field of natural science that aims to understand how the Earth
works and provide solutions to pressing global challenges such as global climate
change, evolving demands for energy and water, and environmental issues.
The Geology program prides itself on its strong connections to national research
labs and industry, which provides exceptional training and networking opportunities
for our grad students.
The program resides within the Department of Geology and Geography in Brooks Hall,
which is fitted with state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for teaching
and research. The Department maintains over 300 computers and has access to the
latest subsurface analysis and visualization software, including Schlumberger’s
Petrel, SMT Kingdom Suite, CGG Jason PowerLog, BasinMod, ESRI ArcGIS, and Midland
Valley’s MOVE structural modelling packages. The Department’s various research
labs off access to mineral separation equipment, rock saws, handheld XRF, a fluid
inclusion lab, a stable isotope lab (boasting a Thermo Finnigan DELTA V Advantage
Mass Spectrometer and Costech ECS 4010 combustion Elemental Analyzer), IR thermal
imaging camera, DJI Phantom 4 Advanced quadracopter drone, and GIS and 3D visualization
software and expertise. Faculty and students also have access to XRD, TEM, FTIR,
Raman, and SEM through the
Shared Research Facility.
ocated in downtown Morgantown, the Geology program benefits from close links to
other Geological organizations, such as the West Virginia Geological and Economic
Survey and the National Energy Technology Lab, as well as supporting regional
Geology Graduate Student Handbook
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.
MS in Geology
PhD in Geology