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Agricultural and Extension Education

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The objective of this program is to provide doctoral students the opportunity to study and conduct research with faculty in areas of excellence in the Division of Resource Management.

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Coaching and Teaching Studies

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The PhD program of study focuses on developing future professionals who will address critical issues in physical education, physical activity and coaching, and develop focused lines of research. Students will work collaboratively with faculty mentors to enhance their critical thinking, knowledge and skills to succeed as productive researchers within university settings, national sports organizations and other settings.

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Communication Studies

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The PhD program in Communication Studies is intended to qualify the student to teach and conduct research in instructional communication, interpersonal communication or organizational communication at the university level.

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English

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The doctoral program in English develops fluency in the critical discourses of the profession and prepares graduates to teach English professionally on the post-secondary level, or to enter a wide range of alternate academic careers.

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Geography

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The PhD is an advanced research degree, with coursework, comprehensive exams and a major research investigation. Students are expected to be well-grounded in the one or more of the Geography program's three areas of specialization.

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Geology

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

WVU Geology offers both research Master’s and Doctoral degrees as well as a rigorous Master’s professional studies degree. Our graduate program comprises core geology faculty with expertise in the interdisciplinary subfields including:

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History

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The graduate History program at WVU includes about 80-90 students and 23 faculty. Most students concentrate in U.S. history or Appalachian history, but students may choose to work in other areas supported by the faculty, especially European, African and Latin American history.

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Human and Community Development

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The objective of this program is to provide doctoral students the opportunity to study and conduct research with faculty in areas of excellence in the Division of Resource Management, in particular, and in other divisions in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, in general.

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Mathematics

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The Department of Mathematics offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The Ph.D. program provides for a common core of fundamental mathematics followed by specialized studies culminating in an original research dissertation directed by a faculty advisor. Depending on the student's program and interests, there are diverse career opportunities available in education, government, and industry.

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Music Education

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum in music education prepares students for careers as teachers in higher education.

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Political Science

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

Political Science is built on the core aspects of the great liberal arts tradition. Our strengths are logic, appropriate data, analysis and communication.

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Psychology: Behavior Analysis

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The Psychology Department offers doctoral training in clinical child psychology, clinical psychology, behavior analysis, behavioral neuroscience and lifespan developmental psychology.

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Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The behavioral neuroscience area of emphasis is the newest and fastest growing area in the Department of Psychology. Students in behavioral neuroscience work closely with highly experienced faculty to study the biological bases of behavior. Training in behavioral neuroscience prepares students for a career in research in academics, academic medicine, government and/or industry. We expect our graduates to succeed in research, with an emphasis on publishing and obtaining extramural funding to support their work. We also foster strong mentorship skills, so that our students are prepared to teach their skills and way of thinking to their own students upon completion of our program. Our graduates make significant contributions to solving important problems in their field.

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Psychology: Clinical

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The Clinical and Clinical Child Psychology areas of emphasis jointly comprise West Virginia University’s accredited doctoral training program in Health Service (Clinical) Psychology. It has been accredited continuously by the American Psychological Association since 1966. In 2020, the program was re-accredited for ten years, with the next site visit scheduled to occur in 2030.

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Psychology: Clinical Child

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The Clinical and Clinical Child Psychology areas of emphasis jointly comprise West Virginia University’s accredited doctoral training program in Health Service (Clinical) Psychology. It has been accredited continuously by the American Psychological Association since 1966. In 2020, the program was re-accredited for ten years, with the next site visit scheduled to occur in 2030.

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Psychology: Life-Span Development

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The Ph.D. in developmental psychology combines breadth of training in perspectives on normal development across the life span with depth and rigor of training in an area of specialization selected by the student. The program produces disciplined researchers who are also skilled classroom instructors. Students are funded via teaching and research assistantships.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

The mission for the PhD in social and behavioral sciences is to provide state-of-the-art doctoral education in the theory and application of social and behavioral science to a select group of highly qualified and committed students desiring to transform public health.

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Sociology

Doctoral / Morgantown Campus

This is the first doctoral sociology program in the state of West Virginia. It emphasizes foundational course work in sociology, including theory, methods and statistics, as well as courses and independent research in an area related to the department’s specializations in crime, community and culture.

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