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Graduate/Professional Catalog ~ 2013-2014

General Information

Established in 1867, West Virginia University is one of only eleven research-oriented land-grant state universities with a comprehensive health sciences center. The term “land-grant” derives from the congressional Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890, which gave federally owned land to each state to be sold for funds to establish colleges offering programs in agriculture and engineering. Since its historic founding, WVU has developed into West Virginia’s only Carnegie Foundation Research University.

About WVU contains frequently updated information about WVU’s mission and vision; research accreditation; governance; location and facilities; profiles of students, faculty, and academic programs; athletics; financial support; civic engagement; rankings; and achievements. As the state’s only Carnegie Foundation Research University, most of the advanced research and scholarship carried out in West Virginia is conducted at WVU.

Approximately 32,000 students, of which more than 7,000 are graduate and professional students, make up a diverse student body representing all fifty-five counties of West Virginia, every U.S. state, district, and territory, and more than 100 other countries.

Degrees are awarded at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and professional levels across approximately sixty-seven undergraduate programs, 120 graduate degree programs, and twenty-eight certificate programs (see lists at ) through the following nine colleges, five schools, and two divisional campuses:

College of Business and Economics                   

College of Creative Arts                                           

College of Education and Human Services         

College of Law                                                           

College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences  

Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences                      

Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism              

Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

School of Dentistry                                                     

School of Medicine                                                       

School of Nursing                                                        

School of Public Health                                          

School of Pharmacy                                                    

Potomac State College of West Virginia University

West Virginia University Institute of Technology     

The West Virginia University community is committed to creating and fostering a positive learning and working environment based on open communication, mutual respect, and inclusion ( ).


As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, West Virginia University will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.