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The Department of Biology offers graduate courses and research that lead to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the focal areas of Ecology, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Genomics and Evolutionary Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Behavior and Physiology, Plant Sciences, Cell and Developmental Biology, Biology Education and Forensic Biology. Depending on their interests, graduate students can specialize in any one of these research areas or in any combination of them.

Program Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Additional Application Information

Personal Research Statement: A one-page description of any past research activities or experiences and your future research interests. This graduate committee uses this statement to ensure applicants are a good match for the graduate programs offered in the Department of Biology.

Letters of Recommendation: These letters should be written by individuals at a college/university who are in a position to judge your potential as a graduate student.

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

December 1

Spring Deadline


Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

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. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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