The geology program offers
two graduate degrees:
Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MS degree
has two tracks: A more traditional Research Track and a non-thesis Professional
Studies Track. Details of both programs can be found in on the Geology Masters
tab in the
WVU Graduate Catalog. The PhD degree is primarily a research degree. Program
requirements can be found on the Geology Doctoral tab in the WVU Graduate Catalog.
Applicants to the MS degree are expected to
hold a BA or BS degree in a STEM field; PhD applicants are required to hold an
MS degree by the program start date. Applicants to both the MS and PhD are
required to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to
contact potential advisers among the faculty prior to application. Acceptance
into the graduate program is contingent on placement with a graduate faculty
advisor willing and able to advise the prospective student.
Deadline for Fall Semester Admission:
Deadline for Spring Semester Admission:
While the academic year begins with the
Fall semester, we sometimes accept a few students to start in Spring.
Please contact the department for more information if you are interested.
To be considered for admission, applicants to the Masters or Doctorate of Geology
must upload the following documentation within the graduate application (located
● Personal statement (including an indication of your preferred advisor)
● Writing sample (optional)
● Names and contact details of at least 2 letter of reference writers (3 preferred)
You will not be able to submit your application until the above documents are uploaded
and your recommender(s) name and email are provided.
The Geology Graduate Program does not require GRE scores from applicants, and so
submission of GRE scores is optional. Some faculty advisors still prefer to see
GRE scores from students applying to work in their labs. Applicants should talk
to their prospective faculty advisors to check whether the advisor recommends submitting
GRE scores as part of the application.
International applicants who
did not complete their bachelor's degree at a US, UK, Australian, Canadian,
or New Zealand institution must submit an English proficiency test score. Acceptable
scores are an academic
IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5
TOEFL iBT total score of at least 79.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application with unofficial transcripts
from all previously attended institutions. Submitting unofficial transcripts speeds
up the application review process as most graduate programs make admission decisions
using unofficial transcripts*.
If you are offered acceptance, you are required to submit official transcripts from
all previously attended institutions to be fully admitted into your intended graduate
program. You will not be able to register for classes until the official transcripts
Once the application is submitted, letters of recommendation, test scores, and unofficial/official*
transcripts are received, your application will be reviewed for an admission decision.
Graduate degree-seeking applicants must send their official transcript from the undergraduate
institution that granted the bachelor’s degree. It is preferred that official transcripts
be sent via an online, secure service such as
National Student Clearinghouse, or
email@example.com. Alternatively, sealed, untampered, physical
official transcripts can be sent to:
WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment 1 Waterfront Place 2nd Floor Morgantown,
Please contact the Geology Graduate Program
Director (GeologyGradCommittee@mail.wvu.edu) for more information
about the application process.
*International applicants will not be reviewed with unofficial transcripts.