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About Our Degree Program

Water resources—essential to humankind—have become even more critical as the world's population expands, climate change brings new challenges and technology both enhances and depletes resources.

The Water Management and Hydrologic Science program in the College of Geosciences provides a unique interdisciplinary approach to all aspects of water management, conservation and protection with three separate degree options.

Master of Water Management (non-thesis)

This degree is intended to provide professional graduate education emphasizing problem solving and technical skills for students who will manage public water systems and water resources. The curriculum is structured but it is still flexible, enabling students, with the guidance of an advisory committee, to design courses of study that are in accord with their career objectives.

Required WMHS Courses (8 hours) WMHS 601 Applications and Problems in Hydrological Sciences WMHS 602 Contemporary Issues in Water Resources WMHS 681 Seminar-- 2 credit hours.

Common Body of Knowledge Water Courses (12 hours) RENR 662 Environmental Law and Policy AGEC 604 Natural Resource Economics or AGEC 606 Water Resource Economics CVEN 664 Water Resources Engineering, Planning Management GOEG 626 Fluvial Geomorphology or GEOL 410 Hydrogeology

Required Water Courses (minimum of 6 hours)
 Courses from the required list

Free Electives (up to 10 hours)
 Hours determined by student and student advisory committee.

36 Total Hours Required for Degree

Students applying for the master’s degree have until the start of the second semester to select a graduate chair and advisory committee. During the first semester all master’s students should consult with the Program Chair or Program Coordinator to identify a graduate chair and committee. The student’s advisory committee for the Master’s degree will consist of no fewer than three members, two of which must be members of the Graduate Water Faculty. At least one or more of the members must be from a department other than the student’s chair but all three may be on the water faculty.

Master of Science (thesis)

The degree is designed for students with technical backgrounds to complement their primary discipline by obtaining scientific, technical, or managerial expertise in water. In addition to the water courses students are required to take a research methods class and a statistics class from the designated list.

Required WMHS Courses (8 hours) WMHS 601 Applications and Problems in Hydrological Science WMHS 602 Contemporary Issues in Water Resources WMHS 681 Seminar- 2 credit hours

Required Statistics and Research Methods Courses (3 hours) Courses from designated list

Required Water Courses (12 hours) Courses from the designated list

Electives (up to 6 hours) Hours determined by student and student advisory committee. Any tools, planning or certificate courses are allowed. Students may opt to add an additional course in lieu of some research hours.

Research Hours (1 hour minimum) Hours determined by student and student advisory committee. Any tools, planning or certificate courses are allowed. Students may opt to add an additional course in lieu of some research hours.

32 Total Hours Required for Degree

Students applying for the master’s degree have until the start of the second semester to select a graduate chair and advisory committee. During the first semester all master’s students should consult with the Program Chair or Program Coordinator to identify a graduate chair and committee. The student’s advisory committee for the Master’s degree will consist of no fewer than three members, two of which must be members of the Graduate Water Faculty. At least one or more of the members must be from a department other than the student’s chair but all three may be on the water faculty.

Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)

This degree is designed to give students a comprehensive knowledge of water science and hydrology and provide training in methods of research. Each student must have a chair before acceptance into the program. Students will work with their chair and the advisory committee to develop a course of study satisfying the curriculum. Students who have not taken graduate courses in statistics and research methods will be required to take one research methods course and two statistics courses from the designated list.

Required WHMS Courses (9 hours)
 WMHS 601 Applications and Problems in Hydrological Science
 WMHS 602 Contemporary Issues in Water Resources
 WMHS 681 Seminar

Required Statistics and Research Methods Courses (9 hours)
 Courses from required list

Required Water Courses (minimum of 18 hours)
 Courses from the designated list

Free Electives (up to 9 or more hours) Hours determined by student and student advisory committee. Any tools, planning or certificate courses are allowed. Students may opt to add an additional course in lieu of some research hours.

Research Hours (18 hours or more)

64 total hours required for degree, if student enters with a master's degree

Students applying for the Ph.D. degree program must have identified a graduate committee chair from the Water Faculty who has agreed to serve in that capacity before they can be admitted to the Water Program. The students’ advisory committee for the doctoral degree will consist of no fewer than four members, three of which must be members of the Graduate Water Faculty. At least one or more of the members must be from a department other than the student’s chair but all four may be on the water faculty.

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