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Graduate Students

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers Masters of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Both degree programs provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals as well as a diverse range of specializations for research. In addition to working with physics faculty in these research areas, graduate students have worked with faculty in a range of other departments at WVU.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Department of Physics and Astronomy to talk with the faculty and view the facilities. Limited financial support is available to help defray the cost of lodging and meals. Contact the Chair of the Graduate Admissions Committee, Professor Maura McLaughlin, to make arrangements.

Degrees Offered

Masters of Science
Doctor of Philosophy 

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy is committed to diversity in our graduate student population and fairness in our graduate admissions process. We have recently dropped our Physics GRE requirement due to evidence that these scores are poor predictors of student success in graduate school, and strongly correlated with other factors such as gender and race.