Because many universities do not have specific hydrology departments, it can be difficult for students interested in water science to know where to start. To help alleviate this problem, CUAHSI has created a list of graduate programs in water science for students to use to discover available options.

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North Carolina State University

Several Departments offer degrees related to Water Science, as well as an interdisciplinary graduate minor: Biological and Agricultural Engineering Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Forestry and Environmental Resources

Northwestern University

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Ph.D. 

Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation, M.S and Ph.D.

Purdue University

Water related graduate programs are available through many departments, including Civil Engineering, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agronomy, Forestry and Natural Resources and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

San Diego State University

The Geography Department offers a Master's of Science in Geography with an emphasis in Watershed Science, and a joint PhD program in Geography with the University of California, Santa Barbara