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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

  • 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 admissions 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 Fridays 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.

  • View our Resource Library



Our application process kicks off in September for the following fall admission cycle. Though we have a centralized 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. A few 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” section on the program web page within the graduate admissions database.
  • Review the minimum University GPA Requirement

  • Request official transcripts

  • Identify program specific admissions criteria and required documents

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

  • Take required entrance 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 admissions database.

Ready to Apply?

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

  • A completed application
  • $60 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Program specific documents

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