I've already applied but don't know my status. How can I find this?
You were sent your login credentials and the URL to follow your status after submission of your electronic application. Follow the link provided and login using your email address and the password you selected in your application. You will then be able to view your status, as well as track the the arrival of the additional materials that are required of each applicant, i.e. exam scores, reference letters, and transcripts.
Can I work while pursing my degree?
Graduate study is a full-time commitment. Any outside employment will detract from your academic efforts and is strongly discouraged.
Will my chances of being accepted change if I am an international applicant?
We accept mostly domestic applicants (U.S. citizen or permanent resident) because only domestic students are supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) pre-doctoral training grants. We do accept a small number of international applicants each year.
How much time does it take to process my application?
Applications are processed immediately after receipt. Review of applications occurs with receipt of GRE scores, transcripts, personal statement, and at least one recommendation. We interview domestic prospective graduate students from January through April. Prospective international students will be interviewed via telephone or personally if they reside in the U.S.
Can I pursue both a Masters Degree and PhD Degree at the same time?
Most students enroll initially as a PhD student. A few students complete the MS degree before enrolling as a PhD student.
Is a Masters Degree required before I can be considered for your PhD program(s)?
No. You do not need to complete an MS degree before admittance to the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences.
Will you accept part time students in the PhD program(s)?
Rarely, and it is not advised, however we have accepted a few students who wish to pursue their PhD degree on a part time basis.
Do you offer Spring admissions?
Spring admissions are only offered on a special-case basis. Such a case occurs when transferring with a newly hired faculty member. Generally, all 1st year students begin in August.
When is the application deadline?
We highly recommend applying early. The application deadline for International students is January 15th. The application deadline for domestic applicants is February 15th. In order to evaluate your application for admission, all required documents must be received by the office of admissions. Please be sure to have all required application materials (test scores, transcripts etc) sent directly to the office of admissions:
West Virginia University
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
Failure to submit all required documents in a timely manner, may result in your application not being reviewed.
Can I submit photocopies of GRE, MCAT, TOEFL scores with my application and send the originals later?
No, official scores must be reported to the institution directly from the testing agency:
- GRE: Official record of GRE general examination (verbal, quantitative, essay). The WVU Institution Code for the GRE is R5904. This is required of all applicants.
- TOEFL or IELTS (for international applicants): Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) are required and must be sent to WVU directly from the Educational Testing Service. The WVU Institution Code is R5904.