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 who 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 Ph.D. program are required to take a total of three courses outside of their division and coursework within their chosen field of research (divisional or otherwise) that is necessary for training.
The average time to degree for the WVU chemistry Ph.D. program is five years.
Some careers of our graduates include:
- assistant professor at the Naval Academy
- professor of forensics at WVU
- professor and STEM specialist, WVU Extension Office
- teaching professors at WVU and other universities
- research specialists in industry (the Lord Corporation and Johnson & Johnson)
- researchers at National Laboratories (NIOSH and NIST)
- postdoctoral researchers (alumni at Brown University, Harvard and University of Georgia)
Program Application RequirementsStatement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation
Additional Application Information
Personal Statement: Please describe any research experience you have had, any publications, any presentations, and indicate what areas of chemistry are of interest to you.
In addition to the University requirement of submitting official undergraduate transcripts, the Deptartment of Chemistry would like applicants to also submit any official graduate transcripts.
Program Application Test RequirementsGRE
Fall DeadlineJanuary 15
Spring DeadlineDO NOT ADMIT
Summer DeadlineDO NOT ADMIT
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.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.