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First-Time Applicant

You are considered a first-time applicant if you have not previously applied and/or attended West Virginia University for graduate school.

How to Apply as a First-Time Applicant

To apply to West Virginia University as a first-time applicant:

  1. Create an account and complete the online application

  2. Pay the $60 application fee*

If you experience technical or payment processing errors please review the Application FAQs for troubleshooting assistance.

*Application fee waivers are available for current WVU and WVU Medicine employees, active military personnel and veterans, McNair Scholars, and Peace Corps member. If any of these categories apply to you please email for information on how to obtain the waiver.

Application Considerations

University GPA Requirement

Graduate degree-seeking applicants must meet the University standard of possessing a bachelor's degree, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university.

Official Undergraduate Transcripts

Graduate degree-seeking applicants must send their official transcript from the undergraduate institution that granted the bachelor’s degree. It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Clearinghouse, or Parchment to Alternatively, sealed, untampered with physical official transcripts can be sent to

WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment

P.O. Box 6510

Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


W VU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment

1 Waterfront Place

2nd Floor

Morgantown, WV 26505

Alternative Mailing Address for International Students

If your undergraduate degree is in-progress at the time you apply, please send the transcripts to-date. If you receive admission into your intended graduate degree program, transcripts will need to be re-submitted with updated information (e.g. the recently completed courses and bachelor’s degree designation).

If West Virginia University is your degree granting undergraduate institution you do not need to send transcripts.

Program Application Requirements

In addition to the university standards, the application must meet the minimum admissions criteria determined by the program of intent. Each graduate program set their own admissions requirements. These requirements may include

  • a GPA higher than the university standard
  • standardized test scores
  • letters of recommendation
  • statement of purpose
  • etc.

To be sure you are meeting all the program specific admissions requirements we recommend you visit the graduate academic database and search for your program of intent, and/or contact a graduate program representative regarding specific questions.  

Need Help?

Review our application frequently asked questions or contact a Graduate Admissions and Recruitment staff member.

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