The graduate program at West Virginia University consists of five doctoral areas of study (Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology, and Life-Span Developmental Psychology).
200 people apply to our graduate program each year, but only four or so are admitted
into each of the areas of study noted above. Area admissions committees (including
area faculty members and graduate-student representatives) thoroughly review
each application to determine the best matches between each applicant’s
qualifications and interests and the training opportunities we offer. We invite
applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds, and do not discriminate
based on age, color, disability, ethnic origin, marital status, pregnancy,
race, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
our minimum criteria to be admitted. Recently,
competitive students have had Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores
on the Graduate Record Examination at or above the 50th percentile and
cumulative grade-point averages around 3.5 or higher (where 4.0 = A). Competitive
applicants have relevant experiences and interests that are compatible with
those of program area faculty.
our program interests you, go to West Virginia University’s Office of Graduate
Education and Life “how to
apply” website. For a checklist of the items
needed to complete your application, click here.
that the deadline for completing the application, including the submission of
GRE scores, is December 1st. Applications received after the respective
deadline may be reviewed at the discretion of the admissions committee.
avoid problems, start the submission process early. Note that the department
does not receive your application until it is fully complete, so it’s important
to make sure that all needed materials are part of your file by the deadline.
Your complete application will be reviewed in December or January by the
admissions committee of the graduate area of study to which you are applying.
Like all committees in our department, admission committees are composed of
faculty and graduate student representatives. Highly competitive applicants
will be invited to attend the Department’s Interview Weekend. Our program is a
signatory of the Council
of Graduate School’s April 15 Resolution. All
applicants to the graduate program are considered automatically for financial
aid in the form of graduate assistantships. We are committed to providing
financial aid for each of our students in the form of a tuition waiver and
Please reach out if we can provide any further assistance in helping you to decide if WVU is a good fit, or with navigating the application process.
Claire St. Peter, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Training