An interdisciplinary program designed to educate the next generation of water managers and scientists

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Our Mission

To prepare the next generation of water scientists, hydrologists, and managers through teaching and research that improves the reliability and quality of water resources for human well-being and development.

Our Goals

To provide students with strong technical skills in disciplines relevant to water resources, including a broad understanding of hydrology and the interconnectedness of the biophysical and social sciences in water management.

To provide a teaching and research base for collaborations, lectures, seminars, and workshops to improve the communication and exchange of knowledge among students, faculty, professionals and citizens.

To encourage all water users to adopt wise water-management practices.

To improve the availability, security, and reliability of human water supplies.

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Program Structure 

The Water Management and Hydrological Science (WMHS) graduate degree program is administered by an interdisciplinary faculty from three colleges and two schools, and is housed administratively in the College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Geography. Nearly 60 faculty members from the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Engineering; and Arts & Sciences and the School of Law and School of Public Health participate in the program. The faculty have expertise in the bio-physical, and social sciences, law, and in engineering.

The program offers two masters’ degrees (thesis and non-thesis options) and a Ph.D. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to allow students to become leaders in their focal areas of water while making connections to colleagues in other related disciplines.

Participating Colleges and Departments

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

College of Engineering

College of Arts & Sciences

School of Law

School of Public Health