Are you ready to explore beyond your science or engineering background into water-related education and research?
Our existing foundational master of science programs, including geological engineering and environmental engineering, are comprehensive in nature, but only our new water science and engineering master’s degree offers specialized expertise in water resources.
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We offer a thesis-based and non-thesis-based master’s degree in Water Science and Engineering (WSE). The WSE program integrates the expertise in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Geology, Geological Engineering, and Biology to provide students with a tailored interdisciplinary experience.
The Water Science and Engineering (WSE) Master of Science (MS) degree requires a total of 31 graduate credit hours beyond the B.S. degree for both thesis and non-thesis MS options. We encourage applications from students with undergraduate degrees from one of the seven participating programs (Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geology and Geophysics, and Geological Engineering) or closely related degree programs. Graduate certificates in Subsurface Water Resources and Surface Water Resources can serve as an entry point into the WSE program.
The thesis option is comprised of the following:
The non-thesis option is identical to the thesis option except that the research hours are replaced with six hours of additional coursework. The non-thesis WSE MS-degree is offered both on campus and online.
A written thesis and formal thesis defense are required for thesis-based MS-degree students. There are no requirements for non-thesis students. Entrance requirements are equivalent to the baseline university graduate student admission standards. The GRE exam will not be required for internal degree applicants.
You will be prepared to tackle the interdisciplinary nature of water resource problems and graduate with the tools and the depth of knowledge to be a trailblazer in highly-competitive industry positions.
Industry leaders have expressed their need for a workforce that possesses a deep understanding of water-related challenges, which includes knowledge of water policy, water science and engineering. You will have additional exposure to management, regulatory interactions and remediation of water resources, and the design of infrastructure associated with water resources such as dams, levees and treatment plants.
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Satisfy your natural curiosity by working with our world-class faculty in an exciting multidisciplinary approach to research.
Each thesis-based master’s student in Water Science and Engineering will receive support and guidance from a research advisor who best matches individual research interests. You will choose an advisor from research areas such as water quality and resources, remote sensing and geophysics, groundwater remediation, water treatment, environmental microbiology, and analytical chemistry.