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Geology  Master's


What is Geology at WVU like?


Geology is a dynamic field of natural science that aims to understand how the Earth works and provide solutions to pressing global challenges such as global climate change, evolving demands for energy and water, and environmental issues.

The Geology program prides itself on its strong connections to national research labs and industry, which provides exceptional training and networking opportunities for our grad students. The program resides within the Department of Geology and Geography in Brooks Hall, which is fitted with state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for teaching and research. The Department maintains over 300 computers and has access to the latest subsurface analysis and visualization software, including Schlumberger’s Petrel, SMT Kingdom Suite, CGG Jason PowerLog, BasinMod, ESRI ArcGIS, and Midland Valley’s MOVE structural modelling packages. The Department’s various research labs off access to mineral separation equipment, rock saws, handheld XRF, a fluid inclusion lab, a stable isotope lab (boasting a Thermo Finnigan DELTA V Advantage Mass Spectrometer and Costech ECS 4010 combustion Elemental Analyzer), IR thermal imaging camera, DJI Phantom 4 Advanced quadracopter drone, and GIS and 3D visualization software and expertise. Faculty and students also have access to XRD, TEM, FTIR, Raman, and SEM through the Shared Research Facility.

Application Deadlines

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

Fall: January 15
Spring: October 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Geology 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 Geology graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

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

Additional considerations for applicants:

  • Students should indicate a preferred graduate faculty advisor.

Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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