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For admission to our graduate program, you must complete the online  WVU Graduate Application for Admission. To be given full consideration for admission the following August, the application should be completed by  January 15. Applications received after this date will only be considered if positions are available. 

IMPORTANT! In addition to the general information provided in the online application, the following items must be submitted as supplemental materials:

  1. A completed copy of the Application Form for Graduate Study in Physics. The completed form has to be sent to with the subject line “SUPPLEMENTAL FORM”.
  2. A personal statement that summarizes your research interests, experiences, and goals in physics and/or astronomy. Include any relevant professional experiences, publications, awards, and honors. A file containing your statement should be uploaded as:  Supplemental Materials/PERSONAL STATEMENT.
  3. Your resume. The document should be uploaded as:  Supplemental Materials/RESUME/VITAE
  4. Transcripts of all your previous academic work at the college level. See the  Academic Background section of the online application. The minimum GPA requirement for the graduate applicants at the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is 3.0.
  5. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for the general test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) are required. A GRE score for the physics subject test is not required, but may be submitted for consideration. It is encouraged for students with undergraduate degrees not in physics or astronomy, or who believe that their undergraduate GPA does not reflect their physics knowledge. See the  Academic Background section of the online application.
  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score if English is not your native language. See the  International Applicant Information section of the online application. The minimum requirements for WVU physics applicants are: 213 for the computer-based TOEFL, 550 for the paper-based TOEFL, 79 for the internet-based TOEFL, and 6.5 for IELTS.
  7. When sending official test scores, note that WVU's ETS code is 5904 and the Physics & Astronomy department code is 1463.
  8. Three letters of recommendation sent via the online recommendation process. To arrange for the letters to be sent, follow the instruction from the  Recommendations section of the online application. Choose three professors to provide the letters. Recommendations from non-faculty members are less useful.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Chair of the Graduate Admissions Committee, Professor Loren Anderson.