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Human and Community Development  Doctoral


What is Human and Community Development at WVU like?


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.

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 15

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What are the requirements to apply for Human and Community Development 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 Human and Community Development graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Résumé /CV
  • Masters Degree Required
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Portfolio Review

Additional application considerations:

  • A design portfolio (physical or digital) is encouraged for applicants who come with a design background, such as environmental planning and design, landscape architecture, interior architecture, fashion design, industrial design, and so on (Applications submitted by the priority deadline (January 15) are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after January 15 will be reviewed based upon availability of space and funding.)

  • 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

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

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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