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:
Create an account and complete the online application
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 email@example.com for information on how to obtain the waiver.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Morgantown, WV 26505
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
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.