Successful applicants have a demonstrated knowledge of statistics, programming and analytical domains either through prior coursework or work experience. No specific programming language is required. Instead, the admissions committee is looking for proven ability to understand the principles of programming.
Applicants must be admitted to WVU as a graduate student using 2159 as the major code.
- Enter the WVU Application portal.
- Create a username and password.
- Once an account has been created, applicants can edit the application at their discretion. Please complete all questions asked.
- When selecting a start term, choose ‘fall.’
- Upload an up-to-date resume: Your resume should include enough information for the admissions committee to trace your entire professional work history and should indicate any relevant affiliations.
- Request 1-3 letters of recommendation through the online portal. Individual letters should not exceed one page: We recommend that your reference provide some information that is not found in the other materials being submitted. Topics with regards to your ability to work with others, your discipline and ambition, leadership potential, etc. should be addressed. Your reference letter(s) should cover aptitudes necessary for your success in the program to which you are applying.
- Create a Statement of Purpose (not to exceed one page): Your statement of purpose should be a short, one-page essay which describes your interest in the program, why you wish to pursue the program at WVU, how the program will help you reach your career goals, and any additional information which may be necessary to understanding your candidacy.
- Pay application fee.
- Submit application.
- Applicants will then need to send their transcripts to WVU's Office of Admissions. If the applicants undergraduate school offers "e-script" (an official electronic copy of transcripts), email the transcripts to GraduateAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu. This will help expedite the admissions process. If they do not offer this service, please have your official transcripts mailed to:
West Virginia University Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
PO Box 6510
Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
- For applicants submitting GMAT/GRE scores, the program GMAT code is C2S-6D-25 or 5904 for GRE. For applicants requesting a GMAT or GRE waiver based on 5 or more years of relevant professional work experience, please indicate request for waiver in your Statement of Purpose. Graduates from the WVU management information systems (MIS) program with a 3.25 or higher GPA are permitted to waive the GMAT.
- International Students are required to submit at TOEFL or IELTS score. Required for international students. The College of Business & Economics TOEFL requirement is higher than the University's - applicants must have a TOEFL score of either 580 (paper prior to July 27) or 68 (paper after July 27), 237 (computer), or 92 (Internet-based). If you have taken the IELTS instead of the TOEFL, the minimum score must be 6.5. English language exam scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions, West Virginia University, PO Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis once all parts of the application are received including transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation. Applications received after July 1 will be reviewed based on available space in the class.