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Chemistry  Doctoral


What is Chemistry at WVU like?


The Chemistry Department 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.

The Ph.D. program has a much wider scope than the M.S. program. Ph.D. students are expected to take a broad range of advanced coursework, both within and outside of the major area of interest. The major emphasis of the Ph.D. program is on research. A typical research problem may take several years to complete and involves many advanced techniques and concepts at the frontiers of chemical knowledge. The Ph.D. program culminates in the preparation and defense of the Ph.D. dissertation.

Students in the PhD 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 PhD program is five years.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: January 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Chemistry at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Chemistry graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose

Additional considerations for applicants:

  • Applicants should submit all required materials by the application deadline for full consideration. This includes three letters of recommendation from professional or academic references who can comment directly on your skills and experience. Applicants must submit a current CV or resume that lists work experience, volunteer activities, internships, academic degrees and honors and other accomplishments you feel the admissions committee should take into account. A statement of purpose must be included (no more than 2 pages). The statement of purpose should discuss specific examples of your ability to write effectively, analyze complex situations, and complete quantitative analyses. The following topics should be included in your statetement: why a career in chemistry, what you hope to gain from the doctoral program, why WVU offers you the best opportunity for achieving your future professional goals, and which faculty members and/or research areas you wish to pursue and why. All applicants will be considered for financial support in the form of graduate assistantships.

Applications for admission may be considered after the deadline on a space-available basis. Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by the program.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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