What is Physics at WVU like?
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a solid foundation in the fundamentals as well as a diverse range of specializations for MS and PhD research.
Currently there are 27 regular faculty members; eight emeritus, adjunct and visiting faculty; 15 post-doctoral associates; nine staff; and approximately 70 graduate students.
The size of the Physics Department is sufficient to provide research opportunities in a select range of physics subspecialities (condensed matter physics, plasma physics, astronomy/astrophysics, physics education research, and biophysics) without being so large that students are lost in the crowd.
Opportunities for collaborative research with other departments in the University also exist and physics graduate students have worked with faculty in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mathematics and chemistry.
Applicants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in physics, with upper-division courses in electricity and magnetism, mechanics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and mathematical methods.
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