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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Category: Masters'

Boise State University

The Hydrologic Science MS program attracts students with backgrounds in the applied and natural sciences, mathematics, biology, and engineering.

Clemson University

Hydrogeology (M.S.)

Environmental Engineering & Science (M.S., M.Eng., Ph.D.)

Biosystems Engineering (M.S., Ph.D.)

The Department Civil Engineering (M.S., M.Eng., Ph.D.)

Environmental Toxicology Program (M.S., Ph.D.)

Columbia University

Columbia offers a variety of programs expressly designed for M.S., M.P.A. and M.A. students.

Doctoral students will also find an array of programs related to Water Science.

Drexel University

Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Modeling, Environmental Treatment Processes and Human Risk and Environmental Science 

Iowa State University

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - Water and Environmental Stewardship Focus Area -

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Johns Hopkins University

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering (DoGEE) 

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) 

MSE degree in Water Resources Engineering.

Kent State University

Department of Geography 

Department of Biological Sciences

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

University of Illinois

Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Engineering and Science, Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, and Geology, and  River, Watershed and Landscape Dynamics Program, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Agricultural Economics, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Engineering, and Natural Resources

University of South Carolina

environmental geosciences, geochemistry, geophysics, global climate change, hydrocarbon exploration, paleoclimatology, petrology, remote sensing, sedimentology, seismology, structural geology, and tectonics

University of Wisconsin

Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources Engineering Graduate Program

Hydrogeology Graduate Program in the Department of Geoscience 

Natural Resource & Environment Graduate Program within the Department of Biological Systems Engineering 

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