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.
to the MS degree are expected to hold a BA or BS degree in a STEM field; PhD
applicants will usually hold an MS, although exceptional applicants will be
considered for admission to the PhD program direct from a BA or BS. 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.
Deadline for Fall
Semester Admission: February 1st
Deadline for Spring
Semester Admission: October 1st
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.
considered for admission, applicants to the Masters or Doctorate of Geology
must upload the following documentation within the graduate application
(located at https://graduateadmissions.wvu.edu/how-to-apply):
statement (including an indication of your preferred advisor)
Names and contact details of 2-3 recommenders
will not be able to submit your application until the above documents are
uploaded and your recommender(s) name and email are provided.
In addition to the above documentation, applicants must submit
official GRE scores.
Have official GRE scores sent from ETS directly
to WVU—institution code 5904.
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 OR A TOEFL iBT total score of at
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*.
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 are
the application is submitted, letters of recommendation, test scores, and unofficial/official*
transcripts are received, your application will be reviewed for an admission
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 eScrip-Safe, National Student
Clearinghouse, or Parchment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, sealed, untampered, physical official transcripts can be
Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
1 Waterfront Place
Morgantown, WV 26505
contact the Geology GraduateProgram Director (GeologyGradCommitee@mail.wvu.edu) for more information about
the application process.
applicants will not be reviewed with unofficial transcripts.