West Virginia University

135 Willey Street P.O. Box 6315, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506, United States of America


The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers Masters of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Areas of specialization include Astrophysics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Plasma Physics, and Physics Education Research. Graduate students can also work with faculty in other departments at WVU, participate in interdisciplinary research, and be part of fellowship programs that provide support and professional training skills. Excellent research infrastructure, for theorists, experimentalists, and observational astronomers, along with a great small town atmosphere and plenty of outdoor activities, make the WVU the graduate program of choice for Physics and Astronomy.

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
A bachelor's degree in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field is required.

Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The department includes 23 faculty hired over the past eleven years and is thus a vibrant and research active department. The department is heavily engaged in the land-grant mission of the institution and operates a number of REU and summer camp programs and sponsors middle school and high school robotics programs. There is an active Society of Physics Students group (the fifth oldest in the nation) that has a traveling laser show for engagement with regional high schools. Nearly all undergraduates participate in a research activity before graduation. The program has experienced a five-fold increase in undergraduate majors in the past 10 years. Graduate students engage in world-class research in the areas of astrophysics, condensed matter physics, and plasma physics. Fellowships, travel grants, and graduate training programs (including a NSF IGERT program, shared research facility training, and astrophysics work at NRAO) are activities that add a unique value to the graduate program.