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Chair of the Geology Graduate Program
phone: 304-293-5603

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Chair of the Geology Graduate Program
phone: 304-293-5603

Program Details

Areas of Emphasis

Energy, environment, tectonics, geochemistry

Program Description

WVU offers BS degrees in Geology, BA degrees in Geography and Environmental Geoscience, and MS and PhD degrees in both Geology and Geography. Students come from places as far away as Nigeria, China, and India and as close to home as Morganotwn, WV. Our mix of students is crucial to the educational experience we offer. Most of our graduate students receive graduate assistantships from the department.

Career Profile

Job opportunities continue to be excellent for our graduates. Within one year of graduation, essentially 100% of those students earning a M.S. in geology either continue their education or are placed in well-paying professional positions or Ph.D. programs. Over the last five years most of our M.S. graduates have been employed by oil and gas companies, environmental consulting firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations, or moved on to pursue a PhD. Recent PhD graduates have been employed at major oil & gas companies, at government agencies, as post-docs or as faculty in academic institutions.

Delivery Methods Available

  • 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
  • Recommendations: 3 letters
  • Test Requirements: GREs, TOEFL for international students

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 Priority: December 15
  • Fall Deadline: January 1
  • Summer Deadline: Do Not Admit


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.