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Becky Secrist
phone: (304) 293-3437

program contact

Justin Legleiter
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
phone: 304-293-3435

Program Details

Program Description

The Chemistry Department at WVU includes research in the areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Research is a key focus of the 22 faculty members that comprise the department. From July 2011 to June 30, 2012, combined research awards to the department totaled $2.48 million, from funding agencies including NIH, NSF, EPA, DoE, ONR, and ACS-PRF. This level of research funding affords graduate students the opportunity to receive “on-the-job training” on cutting-edge research projects. The moderate size of the department creates an atmosphere of close interaction between the faculty and graduate students.

Students in the PhD program are required to take a total of three courses outside of their division and course work within their chosen field of research (divisional or otherwise) that is necessary for training.

The average time to degree for the WVU chemistry PhD program is five years.

Career Profile

The department provides teaching stipends up to $20,000 during the first year. Beginning with the second year, students focus more fully on their research endeavors. Most students are supported on research assistantships. All students in good standing are supported through either teaching or research assistantships in the Department of Chemistry. Tuition is covered by the department for any full-time student who receives TA or RA support. West Virginia University provides health insurance for all graduate teaching assistants and research assistants at no cost to the student. Cost of attendance and cost of living estimates are helpful in determining living conditions in the area.

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.

  • Test Requirements: GRE

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.

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: January 15


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