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Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design

Degrees Offered

  • Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences
    • Master of Science in Animal and Nutritional Sciences
    • Master of Science in Reproductive Physiology
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive Physiology
  • Division of Design and Merchandising
    • Master of Science in Design and Merchandising
  • Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
    • Master of Science in Forestry
    • Master of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources
    • Master of Science in Wildlife and fisheries Resources
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Resources Science
  • Division of Plant and Soil Sciences
    • Master of Science in Genetics and Developmental Biology
    • Master of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics and Developmental Biology
  • Division of Resource Management
    • Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education
    • Master of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics
    • Master of Landscape Architecture
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Resource Management and Sustainable Development
  • Interdisciplinary Programs
    • Master of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences
    • Master of Science in Genetics and Developmental Biology
    • Master of Science in Reproductive Physiology
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences Animal and Food Science, Plant and Soil Sciences
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics and Developmental Biology
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive Physiology

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design is comprised of five divisions: Animal and Nutritional Sciences; Design and Merchandising; Forestry and Natural Resources; Plant and Soil Sciences; and Resource Management. The college’s faculty and staff are located in four buildings on the Evansdale campus, on farms administered by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design in Kearneysville, Morgantown, Reedsville, Union, and Wardensville, and at the University Forest on nearby Chestnut Ridge.

Students study many different subjects concerned with human behavior, plants, animals, trees, and microorganisms. Curricula in the college stress the life sciences, applied and basic research, and economic and social relationships among people as they live and work in a wide variety of settings. Courses offered in the college give students a comprehensive understanding of the natural environment and resources from which we produce our food, fiber, and wood, energy, and leisure activities.

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design research is conducted in the West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. Research proposals are generated, evaluated, approved, and funded through the Experiment Station. The University controls extensive lands, which are administered by the college, with specific areas set aside for research and teaching purposes in livestock, poultry, forestry, wildlife management, organic production, horticulture, agronomy, entomology, and soils. Graduate students in the Davis College benefit from a variety of educational and research settings and from extensive opportunities for hands-on learning.

General Admission Requirements and Information


A regular graduate student is a degree-seeking student who meets all of the criteria for regular admission to a program of his/her choice. The student must possess a baccalaureate degree from a college or university, have at least a grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or an average of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 credit hours), meet all criteria established by the degree program, and be under no requirements to make up deficiencies.

The student must:

  • Have an adequate academic aptitude at the graduate level as measured by the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the New Medical College Admissions Test (New MCAT).
  • Provide three letters of reference from persons acquainted with the applicant’s professional work, experience, or academic background.
  • Submit a written statement of 500 words or more indicating the applicant’s goals and objectives relative to receiving a graduate degree.
  • International students have the additional requirement to submit a minimum score of 550 on the paper TOEFL examination or 213 on the electronic TOEFL examination if their native language is not English.
  • The specific graduate programs may have additional requirements for admission.


A student may be admitted as a provisional graduate student when the student possesses a baccalaureate degree but does not meet the criteria for regular admission. The student may have incomplete credentials, deficiencies to make up, or may have an undergraduate scholastic record that does not meet grade point requirements for regular admission. After successful fulfillment of the deficiencies, the student will be granted regular graduate student status.


A non-degree student is a student not admitted to a program. Admission as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to any course or program.

A student must present evidence of a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 12 credit hours of work as a non-degree student may be applied to a graduate degree if the student is later accepted into a graduate program. 

Master’s Programs

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design offers thirteen degree programs at the master’s level. Students can choose from the following majors for a master’s degree: agricultural and extension education; agricultural and resource economics; agronomy; animal and nutritional sciences; design and merchandising; entomology; applied and environmental microbiology; horticulture; forestry; landscape architecture; plant pathology; recreation, parks, and tourism resources; or wildlife and fisheries resources. In addition, students may choose to pursue a master of science in the interdisciplinary programs in genetics and developmental biology or reproductive physiology or the master of agriculture, forestry, and consumer sciences.

For additional information concerning any of the graduate programs in the college, contact: 

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Davis College of Agriculture
Natural Resources, and Design
P.O. Box 6108
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
telephone (304) 293-2275

Doctoral Programs

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design currently offers five doctoral programs:

  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences – Doctoral students may major in animal and food sciences or plant and soil sciences.
  • Ph.D. in Forest Resources Science – Doctoral students may choose from the following areas of emphases: forest resource management; recreation, parks, and tourism resources; wildlife andfisheries management; or wood science and technology.
  • Ph.D. in Resource Management and Sustainable Development – Doctoral students may choose from the following majors: agricultural and extension education; human and community development; natural resource economics; or resource management.
  • Ph.D. in Genetics and Developmental Biology – Doctoral students may select areas of study related to human, plant, and animal genetics, and developmental biology in this interdisciplinary program.
  • Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology – Doctoral students may select courses in biochemistry, developmental embryology, endocrinology, pharmacology, physiology, reproductive physiology, and statistics in this interdisciplinary program.

Real-world learning and outreach experiences abound for undergraduate and graduate students who intern with the WVU Extension Service (WVU-ES). Part of an educational network of 105 land-grant universities, WVU-ES takes the helping hand of West Virginia University directly to thousands of West Virginians in communities scattered across the state. Through its Extension Service, the University provides a “mini-campus” in each of the state’s 55 counties. The work at these locations addresses a wide variety of community issues via a nontraditional mix of learners, faculty, staff, and volunteers.

Drawing on the strengths of WVU’s many academic disciplines, Extension educators target social, economic, environmental, and technical problems of communities. Some Extension educators work on WVU’s traditional campuses located in Morgantown, but many of the faculty work in county settings, generally located in or near each county’s government seat. Working daily with local residents, Extension faculty find their lives often intertwine with the issues that confront their local communities. They are committed to helping people find answers that work. As they solve problems along with local citizens, individually and in groups, Extension faculty and staff translate WVU’s research into action.

When graduate and undergraduate students take part in this action, they find the WVU Extension Service to be a fertile, flexible provider of a variety of internship, work-study, and volunteer experiences. Extension educators may involve students in some or in all phases of their educational projects—research, design, delivery, and evaluation. Depending on the project, students may have hands-on experience with computer networks, distance education, publication design and production, curriculum design and development, evaluation and research, and classroom teaching.

Extension’s many programs are driven by just four major initiatives: 4-H youth development, families and health, agriculture and natural resources, and community, economic, and workforce development. Extension’s program delivery, however, has roots in many career fields, including agriculture, business administration, child development, computer science, communications, environmental science, engineering, counseling and guidance, curriculum design, health education, home economics, journalism, and safety. Regardless of their academic disciplines, today’s students may find rich learning experiences—and rewarding careers—among Extension’s diverse educational programs. Examples include:

  1. WVU Extension’s 4-H program builds leaders who have the confidence that comes from learning by doing. Using clubs, special interest programs, camping, school enrichment, and individual study, 4-H works with more than 7,900 adult volunteers to involve more than 80,000 youths in educational activities-reaching one in four West Virginia youths.
  2. Diabetes is a major problem in West Virginia. Extension’s Dining with Diabetes is helping families learn how to select, prepare, and enjoy food that supports healthful eating habits. Each year, more than a thousand diabetes cooking school students attend classes in their own communities and learn how to plan and prepare meals that are appealing, tasty, and healthful.
  3. Thousands of children in rural and low-income communities nourish their bodies and minds through the summertime Energy Express program. A partnership of WVU Extension and state and local organizations, the program helps children build critical reading skills while providing nutritious meals and valuable mentoring.
  4. The First Impressions program offers West Virginia communities frank, detailed assess- ments of what works and what doesn’t, as seen through the eyes of strangers. Communities in Brooke, Grant, Hampshire, and Mineral counties are among those using this Extension program to make immediate improvements and guide long-term development.
  5. Each year, more than 12,000 firefighters and emergency responders throughout West Virginia improve their skills through training offered by WVU’s Fire Service Extension. These programs help fire department personnel meet national certification standards and enhance their ability to protect people and property in their communities.
  6. Helping West Virginia workers stay well and injury-free is the goal of WVU’s Safety and Health Extension. Industrial safety specialists teach employers and their workers how to protect themselves and the public from potential hazards encountered on the job.
  7. Opening and improving farmers markets are just two approaches WVU Extension agents are using to help farm families improve their bottom line while they bring fresh, nutritious foods to local families via direct markets, grocery stores, and restaurants. WVU Exten- sion is helping the state’s 22,000 farmers reach a wider consumer base through its Small Farm Center.
  8. WVU’s International Extension programs open a window to the world. Through inter- national exchange programs, educational camps, and development projects and research studies abroad, West Virginians are learning how to cross culture and language barriers to form productive, rewarding partnerships in the global village.

Extension operates the University’s special-mission campus, which is WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp. Located near Weston, WVU Jackson’s Mill annually draws more than 110,000 guests, who enjoy the 525-acre retreat facility’s meeting, camping, and heritage facilities.

WVU Extension programs are financed via a variety of funding combinations: federal appropriations and grants; state appropriations and grants; county commission, county school board, and other local governmental appropriations; and private grants.

Graduate and undergraduate internships, work-study appointments, and volunteer service positions may be available on the Morgantown campus and in any of the 55 counties. Program priorities and funding determine the duration of appointments during regular semester and summer sessions.

For more information, contact the WVU Extension Service at (304) 293-5691; or write to 808 Knapp Hall, P.O. Box 6031, Morgantown WV 26506-6031.


Interim Dean

  • Rudolph P. Almasy - Ph.D.
    West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
    Status: Interim Director

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Dennis K. Smith - Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Outreach

  • Tim T. Phipps - Ph.D.
    Associate Director