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Future Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in graduate education at West Virginia University! 

As you begin to research graduate programs of interest, the Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment is here to help! We offer the following steps to help ease the process:
  1. Investigate
  2. Prepare
  3. Apply


We invite your to explore your passion through graduate education at West Virginia University. With over 220 masters, doctoral, professional and graduate certificate programs, WVU offers something for everyone. 

  • Find a program of study

  • Identify program start terms

    • WVU offers graduate programs that start at the fall, spring, and summer terms. To find out what terms your intended graduate programs offers admission, look for the “Application Deadline” section on the program web page within the graduate academic database. The listed deadlines correspond with start terms.

  • Estimate your cost of attendance

    • Use our  Cost Calculator to get an estimate of your University tuition and fees, and college tuition and fees.

  • Review funding opportunities

  • Contact a program representative for more information

    • We recommend contacting the “Program Contact” listed on the program web page within the graduate academic database to discuss how your academic background, work history, and academic / career goals align with your graduate program of interest. The Program Contact can also provide details about the program specific application requirements, and application process.

  • Schedule a campus visit

    • The WVU Visitors Center offers graduate specific tours on Monday’s at 1:30 p.m., however interested graduate students can attend tours Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Saturdays (except home football games) 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Special Events


Our online application process kicks off in September for the following fall admission cycle. Though we have a centralized online application system and minimum University admission criteria, admissions decisions are made by the individual graduate programs. Prior to making application, you should:

  • Note the application deadline for your program of interest

    • Each graduate program sets their own application deadline. Most programs have a  "Priority Deadline" and  "Deadline". Interested students who submit their application and all supplemental documents by the priority deadline will have the opportunity to be considered for funding. Applications received after the priority deadline but before the final deadline may not be considered for funding, just admission.To find out the deadlines for your program of interest look for the  “Application Deadlines” and section on the program web page within the  graduate academic database.
  • Review the minimum University GPA requirement

  • Identify program specific admissions and supplemental requirements

    • Each graduate program sets its own supplemental application requirements. To find out what additional documents are needed for your application look for the  Program Application Requirements” and section on the program web page within the  graduate academic database.

  • Take required exams

    • Some graduate programs require the submission of entrance exam scores such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT. To find out what exam scores are needed for your application look for the  “Program Application Test Requirements” and section on the program web page within the  graduate academic database.

  • Request official transcripts

  • Prepare supplemental documents

    • As you are preparing your supplemental documents we suggest talking to the program contact about what to include in your personal statement, contacting your recommenders to ask if they are comfortable issuing a letter of recommendation on your behalf, and enrolling in an entrance exam prep course.


Now you are ready!  An online application should be submitted to our Office of Graduate Admissions. A complete graduate school application includes:

  1. Online Application
  2. $60 Application Fee
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (International Applicants Only)
  5. Program Required Documents

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