The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a solid foundation in the fundamentals as well as a diverse range of specializations for M.S. and Ph.D. research. Currently there are 27 regular faculty members; 8 emeritus, adjunct, and visiting faculty; 15 post-doctoral associates; 9 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.
Program Application RequirementsResume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio
Program Application Test RequirementsGRE
Fall PriorityJanuary 15
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.
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