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administrative contact

Tina Moroose
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
phone: 304-293-5346
fax: 304-293-2663

program contact

Tina Moroose
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
phone: 304-293-5346
fax: 304-293-2663

Program Details

Program Description

The doctorate is a research degree that culminates in a dissertation in an area that is jointly determined between a student and their faculty advisor. Each student takes three core courses and two colloquia as the academic foundation for developing their area of research. WVU is only one of two programs nationally that offers the Ph.D. in forensic science. Our student-centric philosophy creates an environment of strong faculty-student interactions where students are valued as junior colleagues. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the faculty member whose area of expertise aligns best with their interest concomitant with applying to the program.

Career Profile

Graduates can find:
• Academic positions in higher education.
• Research positions in national laboratories.
• Program manager positions in forensic laboratories.

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: At least three recommendations required
  • Test Requirements: GRE scores of at least 300, GPA of at least 3.0 in M.S. program
  • 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.

Pre-Qualification Process

M.S. degree

Additional Information

Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended.

Submit a writing sample.

Apply Now

Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: February 1


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.