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The Ph.D. is an advanced research degree, with coursework, comprehensive exams and a major research investigation. Students are expected to be well-grounded in the one or more of the Geography program's three areas of specialization. The Ph.D. requires 28 hours of academic credit and typically takes four years of full-time study.

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Geography is a discipline that is at the headwaters of many career paths, from the scientific focus of environmental geography to the social focus of space, place and development, and especially the technology focus of geographic information science. Career opportunities are hot!

Program Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

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January 15

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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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