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administrative contact

Connie D. Miranov
Program Assistant
College of Education and Human Services
phone: 304-293-3221
fax: 304-293-3802

program contact

Sam F. Stack, Jr.
College of Education and Human Services
phone: 304-293-2071
fax: 304-293-3802

Program Details

Areas of Emphasis

educational leadership and policy studies; learning, instructional design, and technology; curriculum, literacy, and cultural studies; human development and family studies

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program provides a rigorous course of study along with mentored research and teaching experiences to enable students to achieve core educational objectives as scholars in four specialization areas, as described below. Several thematic contexts, critical to our state and region, provide the platform for the study of education and achieving the competencies in each area. These unique themes include: the rural nature of our state context, the poverty many children and families live in throughout the region, and the cultural context of Appalachia, all as they impact education.

Career Profile

The primary objective is to prepare students who have both breadth and depth of knowledge in education and who will (a) conduct original research and (b) contribute to the knowledge in the discipline. Doctoral candidates who achieve these objectives will be well prepared to serve as members of the academic communities of peer institutions of higher education. The educational objectives of the program are clearly connected to the mission of WVU. West Virginia University’s mission includes conducting focused research and providing professional service to the state and nation based on that research.

Delivery Methods Available

  • blended
  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Test Requirements: GRE
  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

Applicants will have a combined score of at least 1,100 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Examination [or equivalent on the new GRE scale] or at least 410-416 on the Miller Analogies Test. International applicants will also have to provide TOEFL scores of at least 80 (Internet version), 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based). Test scores may not be older than five years.

Applicants need to have achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average upon completion of their undergraduate degree and at least a 3.5 grade point average upon completion of any graduate degree.

Applicants will be required to submit writing samples that will be evaluated by the admissions committee.

Three letters of recommendation are required.

Applicants will submit a statement of purpose discussing their research goals and how they can be met through the interdisciplinary PhD program.

A face-to-face, phone, or Internet interview may be included in the process at the discretion of the admissions committee.

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: Do Not Admit
  • Spring Deadline: January 2, 2015


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