Water Science and Management (Water Economics and Policy) - Master of Science

This degree is designed primarily for students who wish to complement their primary discipline by obtaining scientific, technical, and managerial expertise in water. The Master’s degree can be earned with 27 credits of formal course work, plus 6 additional thesis research credits, as detailed below. The degree also have five available concentrations.

Concentration: Water Economics and Policy

Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses
AEEC 575Economics of Water Resource Management and Policy3
RGSC 518Watershed Methods and Management3
or SOIL 456 Irrigation and Drainage
Select one from the following: 13-4
Statistical Inference I4
Statistical Hydrology3
Advanced Spatial Analysis3
Select one from the following Seminar Courses: 23
Arid Land Water Resources3
Water and Sustainable Economic Development3
Research Design and History of Geographic Thought3
Concentration courses
ECON 457Mathematical Economics3
AEEC 540Econometrics I3
or ECON 545 Econometrics II
AEEC 501Microeconomic Theory3
Choose 3 credits from the following:3
Economics of Water Resource Management and Policy3
Environmental Health3
Economic Development Theory3
Regional Economic Modeling3
Population Economics3
Economic Development Finance3
Sustainable Economic Development3
Environmental Public Health Issues3
International Health Problems3
Rural Health Issues3
U.S.-Mexico Border Health Issues3
Electives (in consultation with the student’s committee)3
WSAM 599Masters Thesis6
Total Credits33-34

With the consent of the instructor and the approval of the student's advisor, C E 582 Statistical Hydrology or GEOG 585 Advanced Spatial Analysis may be used as a substitute.


Seminar may be substituted by WSAM 605 Arid Land Water Resources, or WSAM 610 Water and Sustainable Economic Development, or GEOG 501 Research Design and History of Geographic Thought.