Prospective Student Funding
Geology Program offers competitive graduate teaching assistantships to M.S. and
Ph.D. students. TAs are employed to work in support of undergraduate courses
across environmental geography, geographic information science, and human
geography. Applicants who wish to be considered for a TA position should make
that request known in their application.
A TA is a nine-month appointment paying $15,750 per year (M.S.) or
$18,000 (Ph.D.), and a waiver of full-time university tuition (up to 12 credit
hours per semester). The value of the stipend plus university tuition waiver is
more than $29,000. In return, the student works about 20 hours per week (half
time) teaching and/or assisting in undergraduate labs and classes. Summer
university tuition is waived for students who held a TA or RA during the
preceding two semesters. Health insurance coverage is required of all students
as are library, computer use, and recreation fees, and these are not waived. A
few TA positions are available in summer. TA awards are highly competitive, and
normally only tendered to strong applicants.
The TA review process starts in February,
with first offers issued in early March. Positions are normally filled by April
15. While most TA’s start in Fall, there is from time to time a TA vacancy for
Spring semester start. Approximately 10 TAs are awarded to
new entering graduate students each year.
Research Assistantships support graduate students under supervision of a
faculty members with funded research grants. RA’s commonly provide up a twelve
months of support and pay approximately $17,000-$23,000 per 12 months, plus a
full waiver of university tuition. It is not uncommon for students to switch
between RAs and TAs on a semester basis. The research performed is frequently
for a student’s thesis or project. Students interested in obtaining RA support
should contact faculty working in their field.
offers several fellowships to exceptional incoming Ph.D. students. Potential
candidates are nominated by WVU Geology faculty after application to the
Program is complete. For more information, visit the
Graduate Education and Life website.
Stipends from Research Units
The Morgantown National Energy Technology
Center, the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey and the National
Research Center for Coal and Energy sponsor research assistant positions that
provide hourly wage fellowship positions for some students. These positions may
include university tuition waivers.
Ph.D. students are guaranteed 4 years of funding through TA, RA, or Fellowship
positions (contingent upon progress within the program), and are eligible for
continued funding in years 5, based upon performance. Funded M.S. students are
guaranteed 2 years of funding through TA or RA positions (contingent upon
progress within the program). All funded positions include a stipend, a tuition
waiver, and health insurance.
Meritorious Tuition and Fees
Meritorious Tuition Waivers are regularly granted to students
on Fellowships whose stipend does not cover university tuition. Furthermore,
students that have surpassed their TA or RA support may apply for waivers
of university tuition.
WVU Tuition and Fees
Explore current graduate student costs and
other WVU resources at financialaid.wvu.edu/students/graduate.
To apply for admission,
submit transcripts, GRE test scores, letters of recommendation, and statements
of interest through the WVU application portal (https://graduateadmissions.wvu.edu/).
Program and University Information
has R1 Carnegie Ranking, with a ‘very high research’ classification. We are
located in Morgantown, a vibrant town located near excellent recreational
opportunities and just 75 miles south of Pittsburgh. The Geology Program is
housed in a state-of-the-art research facility. WVU is an Equal Employment
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer dedicated to building a culturally
diverse and pluralistic faculty, staff and students committed to working in a
multicultural environment. The university welcomes applications from all
qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with
disabilities, and veterans.