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Human and Community Development

The objective of this program is to provide doctoral students the opportunity to study and conduct research with faculty in areas of excellence in the Division of Resource Management, in particular, and in other divisions in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, in general.

All students in the program complete a core consisting of research methods, graduate seminars and teaching practicum. Students choosing this major may focus their studies and research in the areas of education and human resources development, social and cultural improvement of the community, government issues and policy, economic growth and impact or areas associated with the students’ professional goals developed in consultation with their graduate advisory committee.

Career Profile

The primary objective of the Ph.D. is to educate professionals capable of meeting the demands at the highest levels of their chosen occupations.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Additional Application Information

- Please contact Program Coordinator for design portfolio requirements. 

- Either a master degree in design discipline relevant to human and community development, or a master’s degree in a social science or humanities discipline relevant to human and community development, and

- At least two years equivalent of full-time relevant professional experience

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

February 15

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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