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Karen Smith
phone: 304-293-7859
fax: 304-293-2233

program contact

Stratford Douglas
phone: 304-293-7863
fax: 304-293-5652

Program Details

Program Description

WVU offers the doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree with specializations in financial economics, international economics, monetary economics, public economics, regional and urban economics, and resource economics. Our program is built around an applied curriculum with a strong theoretical and quantitative foundation. We involve our students in research projects early, so that by the time they complete the PhD many have one or more research articles accepted in academic journals.

Career Profile

The PhD degree in economics presents a wide variety of job opportunities--in academia, in government, in international organizations, and in the corporate sector. Most commonly, our graduates look for initial employment in academia. To help placement in the academic field, each doctoral student is offered full responsibility for teaching undergraduate classes. This preparation, together with their success in publishing research articles, has made our graduates extremely competitive in the job market.

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.

  • Recommendations: 3.0 GPA required
  • Test Requirements: GRE minimum total of 1000,analytical writing minimum of 3.0,

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

GRE verbal and quantitative minimum total of 1000, analytical writing minimum of 3.0, GPA minimum of 3.0. If minimum requirements are not met the applicant may be considered for acceptance as a provisional or non-degree student.

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Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: March 1


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Business programs of the College of Business and Economics are fully accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business International.