Water Science and Management - 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 26 credits of formal course work, plus 6 additional thesis research credits, as detailed below. The degree also has five available concentrations.

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
Spatial Analysis and Modelling3
Seminar Credit OR Select one from the following: 21
Arid Land Water Resources3
Water and Sustainable Economic Development3
Research Design and History of Geographic Thought3
Electives chosen in consultation with the student’s committee (enough to meet the required minimum of 32 credits)16
WSAM 599Masters Thesis6
Total Credits32-33

With the consent of the instructor and the approval of the student's advisor, C E 582 Statistical Hydrology or GEOG 585 Spatial Analysis and Modelling 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.