1867
Morgantown, WV

School Details

Founded as a land-grant college, West Virginia University is a public, four-year, research institution of higher education,located in the city of Morgantown, West Virginia. Almost as soon as West Virginia gained statehood in 1863, residents planned for a land-grant school. The Agricultural College of West Virginia was founded in 1867, and by 1868, the name was changed to West Virginia University. In 1889, the first ten women enrolled, in addition to two Japanese students. Though early programs focused on the sciences, humanities and social work studies were added by the 1930s. Throughout the school’s history, the student body has continued to diversify. The mission of West Virginia University states: “As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, WVU 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.”

West Virginia University offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs housed in the following colleges and schools:

  • Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design
  • Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Creative Arts
  • School of Dentistry
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
  • WVU Institute of Technology
  • College of Law
  • Reed College of Media
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
  • School of Public Health
  • Potomac State College of WVU

WVU offers undergraduate and graduate distance learning opportunities through the WVU Online and Extended Campus. Programs vary from fully online to blended learning. Online graduate degrees include master’s and certificate programs.

Accreditation & Licensing

West Virginia University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

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Art & Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Graduate Certificate in Creative Strategy Graduate Certificate in Digital & Social Media Master of Arts in Music Industry Master of Science in Media Solutions & Innovation

Business

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Master of Arts in Communication Studies Master of Business Administration Master of Science in Business Data Analytics Master of Science in Data Marketing Communications Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication

Computer Science & IT

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems & Spatial Analysis

Criminal Justice, Safety & Law

Master of Legal Studies

Education

Bachelor of Science in Child Development & Family Studies Doctor of Education in Special Education Master of Arts in Advanced Elementary Education Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration Master of Arts in Instructional Design & Technology Master of Arts in Literacy Education Master of Arts in Special Education Master of Science in Physical Education Teacher Education Master of Science in Sport Coaching

Engineering

Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering Master of Science in Safety Management Master of Science in Software Engineering

Healthcare

Graduate Certificate in Applied Biostatistics Master of Public Health / Social & Behavioral Sciences

Nursing

Doctorate of Nursing Practice Master of Science in Nursing

Psychology & Human Services

Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Master of Social Work Master of Social Work / Advanced Standing