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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Graduate Programs at Arizona State University

Arizona State University offers transdisciplinary training in hydrological sciences, engineering, and sustainability through partnerships with several schools. ASU’s graduate degrees integrate a wide range of disciplines to educate water professionals equipped to address the challenges facing our society and the...

Graduate Programs at Boise State University

Boise State University supports a number of graduate programs in water science and related fields. We have a thriving MS in Hydrologic Science program that is an interdisciplinary degree administered by the Geoscience Department but housed in the Graduate College.The Hydrologic Science MS program...

Graduate Programs at Brigham Young University

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Brigham Young University offers both MS and PhD graduate degrees with the possibility of emphasizing in water resources. The Environmental Modeling Research Lab (EMRL) within the department has a long history of research in simulation and...

Graduate Programs at Carnegie Mellon University

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University offers MS and PhD degree programs with specialties in Advanced Infrastructure Systems and Global Sustainable Construction; Environmental Engineering, Science and Management; Green Design; and Mechanics, Materials and Computing.

Graduate Programs at Carnegie Mellon University

The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) in Nanotechnology-Environmental Effects and Policy at Carnegie Mellon and Howard University is a new interdisciplinary graduate program funded by the National Science Foundation. NEEP-IGERT Trainees pursue an innovative program of study leading to...

Graduate Programs at Clarkson University

Clarkson University's Water Resources Engineering group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering covers graduate research in river, estuary, and ocean hydrodynamics, oil, gas, and hydrate transport in deep and shallow waters, cold regions hydraulic engineering, stream dynamics and morphology, and...

Graduate Programs at Clarkson University

The Environmental Science and Engineering interdisciplinary program of Clarkson University's Institute for a Sustainable Environment spans natural science and engineering disciplines to provide the knowledge, leadership, and guidance needed to ensure sustainability of our natural world. 

Graduate Programs at Clemson University

The Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences[www.clemson.edu/ces/eees] Hydrogeology (M.S.)— The interdisciplinary program in hydrogeology provides an opportunity to learn the principles and practice of hydrogeology, with particular strengths in monitoring and modeling groundwater...

Graduate Programs at Colorado State University

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers several graduate programs in hydrology and water-related disciplines. These programs allow students to customize their study in the science of water and its application to engineering, environmental, and other multidisciplinary problems. [www.engr.colostate.edu/ce/] The...

Graduate Programs at Columbia University

Columbia University offers several graduate programs related to water resources. Students interested in continuing their education in environmental sciences or engineering, or integrating their scientific interests with a career in public policy, management, education or conservation, will find a graduate program to suit...

Graduate Programs at Dartmouth College

The graduate program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at Dartmouth College offers students the opportunity to pursue research in a variety of water sciences, including limnology, freshwater ecology, linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and the evolutionary ecology of freshwater organisms. For...

Graduate Programs at Drexel University

The Department of Civil, Architechtural and Envvironmental Engineering at Drezel University offers M.S. and Ph.D degrees in both Civil Engineering (with a focus on Water Resources Engineering) and Environmental Engineering (with a focus areas in Water Resources, Environmental Modeling, Environmental Treatment...

Graduate Programs at Duke University

Graduate study in Hydrology & Fluid Dynamics in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Program of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University is strongly interdisciplinary with three overarching research paths: • Sustainability, climate, hydrometeorology and water cycle dynamics • Ecohydrology and...

Graduate Programs at Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University offers graduate training in water resource science and management in several programs within the College of Natural Resources and Sciences, including Environmental Systems, Natural Resources and Biological Sciences. Prospective students may find out more by visiting https://cnrs.humboldt.edu...

Graduate Programs at Iowa State University

Water Science at Iowa State University is distributed among several departments on campus (see below) and spans the breadth of water resource, water quality, biological, and environmental science issues in the agricultural Midwest. 

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Graduate Programs at Johns Hopkins University

At Johns Hopkins University (JHU), both the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering (DoGEE) and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) perform hydrological research and run strong PhD programs. DoGEE also offers a MSE degree in Water Resources Engineering. DoGEE focuses...

Graduate Programs at Kansas State University

The Department of Civil Engineering at Kansas State University is a community of learners committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities to its students. The department also conducts advanced research in civil infrastructure design and environmental preservation.

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Graduate Programs at Kent State University

Kent State University has graduate programs in Geology, Geography, and Biological Sciences that are appropriate for students with interest in water sciences. There is close cooperation between faculty and departments allowing for an interdisciplinary education. The Department of Geology offers a M.S. in Geology...

Graduate Programs at Manhattan College

The ABET-accredited Master's degree program in environmental engineering at Manhattan College is one of the most famous in the nation, dating back to 1939. Our program has is recognized nationally for producing well-prepared environmental engineers. Students can choose concentrations in...

Graduate Programs at Missouri University of Science and Technology

The Geological Engineering, Geology and Geophysics programs at Missouri University of Science and Technology offer both MS and PhD graduate degrees with the possibility of emphasizing in water resources. Key emphasis areas include remote sensing of freshwater resources, hydrogeophysics, and contaminant hydrogeology.

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Graduate Programs at New Mexico State University

New Mexico faces serious challenges concerning the supply, development, quality, management, and administration of water resources; responses to the challenges will have major impacts on the regional economy, environmental quality, and the quality of life for the residents of New Mexico. A major need...

Graduate Programs at North Carolina State University

Located in North Carolina's Research Triangle, NC State offers a comprehensive spectrum of opportunities for prospective graduate students interested in water resources. Graduate programs (MS and PhD) are housed in multiple departments and colleges within the university, and ample opportunities exist for interdisciplinary...

Graduate Programs at Northeastern University

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Northeastern University has over 100 years of history and tradition in research, teaching and service to the community, making important contributions to the development of our civil infrastructure and the environment, both nationally and internationally. In...

Graduate Programs at Northwestern University

Northwestern University offers graduate degrees involving water and aquatic systems research through the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers MS and PhD degrees...

Graduate Programs at Ohio State University

Ohio State University's graduate program educates and trains students for careers in both professional and academic programs. We study a wide range of topics addressing both natural processes and humankind's impact on our planet such as climate and...

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Graduate Programs at Oregon State University

The Water Resources Program at Oregon State University awards M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and brings together faculty and students from six colleges and multiple departments. Students will draw from a set of existing OSU courses covering engineering approaches, watershed processes, and...

Graduate Programs at Plymouth State University

The Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University addresses the science, policies, culture and economics of the natural environment in northern New England through research, education and collaboration. We engage on- and off-campus partners to define, acquire, and provide science-based knowledge to...

Graduate Programs at Portland State University

The Environmental and Water Resources Engineering graduate program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University provides students with the technical and professional knowledge necessary to seek creative solutions to complex problems in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering...

Graduate Programs at Purdue University

Water related graduate programs are available through many departments at Purdue University, including Civil Engineering, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agronomy, Forestry and Natural Resources and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Students can also participate in the interdisciplinary Ecological Sciences and Engineering Program. Purdue University...

Graduate Programs at Rutgers University

Rutgers University has several M.S. and Ph.D. granting programs related to hydrology, hydroclimate, and water resources through our Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Geography.

Graduate Programs at San Diego State University

The Geography Department at San Diego State University 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 where dissertations on water science are supported....

Graduate Programs at South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University has several graduate programs related to water resources. The programs are: MS in Civil Engineering, MS in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, MS or PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, MS in Biological Sciences, and PhD in Biological Sciences. There...

Graduate Programs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Graduate Degrees related to water are offered by several departments at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Emphases or concentrations in water resources are available in Ph.D. programs in Environmental Resources and Policy, Geosciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Zoology and Agricultural Sciences, programs that...

Graduate Programs at Syracuse University

The Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University offers MS and PhD degrees in the geosciences, with research opportunities in hydrogeology, surface water-groundwater interaction, biogeochemical cycling in aquatic systems, contaminant fate and transport, and other topics. Our research programs include interdisciplinary collaboration, international...

Graduate Programs at Texas A&M University

The Water Management and Hydrological Science (WMHS) degree program at Texas A&M is administered by an intercollegiate faculty drawn from four colleges and multiple departments. Two masters degrees (a thesis and non-thesis option) and a Ph.D. degree are offered through...

Graduate Programs at the City College of New York

City College of New York offers several programs related to Water Resources in the Department of Civil Engineering (BS, MS, PhD), in the Department of Systems Science and Environmental Engineering (BS), and also a Master of Science in Sustainability in the Urban Environment....

Graduate Programs at the Colorado School of Mines

The Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE) Program at the Colorado School of Mines is an interdisciplinary graduate program designed to provide students with a solid background in quantitative hydrology and allow them to explore specialties within related fields, with particular emphasis on areas of expertise...

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Graduate Programs at the State University of New York (SUNY)

The Water Programs at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY) offer a wide variety of approaches that focus on the scientific, engineering and social aspects of water resources. Scientific aspects include the investigations of basic physical, chemical and...

Graduate Programs at the University of Akron

The Department of Geology & Environmental Science at the University of Akron offers Bachelors and Masters degrees in a variety of subdisciplines, including water-related topics. Paleohydrology of carbonate aquifers and studies of modern and ancient lakes are a special emphasis. [www.uakron.edu...

Graduate Programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Faculty, staff, and students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC) specialize in measuring, modeling, and managing the water and environmental challenges in America's Arctic and other cold region locations. WERC students complete their graduate degrees through...

Graduate Programs at the University of Arizona

In the desert, water is everything. That is why the University of Arizona established a separate program in Hydrology and Water Resources in 1961. In fact, we are the only university in the nation with a department dedicated solely to hydrology and water resources....

Graduate Programs at the University of California Davis

The University of California Davis Hydrologic Science Graduate Group spans departments to offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees founded on coursework and research that may be geared toward hydrology as a specialized discipline or problem-oriented, interdisciplinary training taking advantage of the breadth...

Graduate Programs at the University of California Riverside

The Environmental Sciences Graduate Program of the University of California Riverside (the Department of Environmental Sciences) offers graduate training in Environmental Sciences, with a specialized track Soil and Water Sciences. The Soil and Water Science area offers comprehensive training in the chemistry, physics,...

Graduate Programs at the University of Colorado

There are two programs within the University of Colorado:

Hydrology, Water Resources & Environmental Fluid Mechanics is a graduate program within the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. The program is committed to education and research on the...

Graduate Programs at the University of Florida Water Institute

The Water Institute Graduate Fellows program at the University of Florida supports interdisciplinary graduate fellow teams to conduct integrative research in an emerging area of water science, including the social, natural, and engineering sciences. The University of Florida Water Institute established this new...

Graduate Programs at the University of Idaho

The Water Resources Graduate Program at the University of Idaho is an interdisciplinary degree program offering M.S., Ph.D., J.D./M.S., and J.D./Ph.D. degrees. The program is a collaboration between faculty from seven colleges and 14 departments, ranging...

Graduate Programs at the University of Illinois

Graduate Degrees related to water are offered by several departments at the University of Illinois.

In the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, programs are available in the areas of Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Engineering and...

Graduate Programs at the University of Kansas

Graduate study in hydrogeology and related disciplines at the University of Kansas provides students with a strong foundation in the principles of hydrogeology and the opportunity to complete research in any of these areas: aquifer characterization, groundwater flow and transport modeling, aqueous and...

Graduate Programs at the University of Kentucky

The Bioenvironmental Graduate Program in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Kentucky trains students to use biological, environmental and engineering sciences to develop sustainable solutions in areas of environmental protection and restoration; reduction of off-site transport and impacts of...

Graduate Programs at the University of Missouri

The Interdisciplinary Hydrology Lab is located in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. The IHL currently supports 10 graduate students and multiple undergraduate technicians through external grant dollars. We investigate everything Applied Physical Hydrology ranging from surface flow...

Graduate Programs at the University of Nebraska Lincoln

Academic units in three colleges contribute to water research, education, and extension at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Each unit grants its own degrees and has its own acceptance and graduation requirements. Participating departments include: Agricultural Economics, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Biological Sciences, Civil...

Graduate Programs at the University of Nevada Las Vegas

The Water Resources Management (WRM) program in the College of Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a flexible, interdisciplinary course of study leading to a Master of Science degree. It is a technically and scientifically based program that blends the physical aspects...

Graduate Programs at the University of Nevada Reno

The Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (GPHS) has always been a true collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI). The GPHS is one of the largest such programs in North America and is consistently ranked among...

Graduate Programs at the University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota offers graduate programs leading to Ph.D., M.S., M.A., and M.Engr. degrees in water resources and aquatic sciences. Prospective students may find out more by visiting departmental web sites: Geology & Geological Engineering and Civil Engineering in...

Graduate Programs at the University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame offers graduate study in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences. Water science is encompassed by three main research thrust areas within the department: Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Geosciences. For more information, see www...

Graduate Programs at the University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of South Carolina offers a program in research in coastal processes, environmental geosciences, geochemistry, geophysics, global climate change, hydrocarbon exploration, oceanography,...

Graduate Programs at the University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville has a variety of graduate programs in water quality, environmental remediation and water resources. These include a graduate minor in Watershed Hydrology for all disciplines and MS or PhD programs in the Departments of Earth and Planetary...

Graduate Programs at the University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington offers both MS and PhD degree programs for the study of Hydrology, Hydraulics and Water Resources. Programs of study are offered in the Department of Civil Engineering and through the Environmental and Earth Sciences interdisciplinary area. Our nation faces...

Graduate Programs at the University of Texas at San Antonio

The multidisciplinary program at the University of Texas at San Antonio in environmental science and engineering encourages research that addresses complex challenges related to water resources, environmental quality, environmental remediation, pollution control, conservation ecology, remote sensing and geospatial analysis, cold regions environmental change,...

Graduate Programs at the University of Trento

The Environmental Engineering Graduate Program of the University of Trento (Italy) offers graduate training in Water Sciences through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with specialized track in: a) Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology; b) Environmental Resources Management, Energy and Sanitary Engineering; c)...

Graduate Programs at the University of Wisconsin

Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources Engineering Graduate Program The Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources Engineering graduate program within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering trains M.S. and Ph.D. students on the measurement, modeling, design, and management of water-related...

Graduate Programs at the University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming offers both M.S. and Ph.D. opportunities in water science, specifically focused in interdisciplinary Water Resources degree programs. The M.S. in Water Resources (WARE) is an interdisciplinary "slash" program where students pursue graduate studies in hydrology or...

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Graduate Programs at Tufts University

The MS/MA and Ph.D. graduate programs in Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) at Tufts University provide interdisciplinary perspectives and tools to manage water related problems around the world. The program combines elements of water science, policy, health, economics, diplomacy, technology...

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Graduate Programs at Tufts University

With a $4.2M IGERT grant from the National Science Foundation, Tufts University’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in Water Diplomacy is preparing the next generation of water professionals. We are actively seeking to recruit our fourth cohort of highly motivated and creative individuals...

Graduate Programs at University of South Florida

Located in the beautiful coastal city of Tampa, our department has approximately 200 graduate students, about 80 who are working on a doctoral degree. The department offers a doctoral degree as well as a thesis and non-thesis options at the master's level including a Water...

Graduate Programs at University of Texas, San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio offers both MS and PhD degree programs for the study of Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Water Resources. Programs of study are offered in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (MS and PhD) and through the Environmental Science and...

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Graduate Programs at Utah State University

Academic departments in six colleges contribute to water research, education, and extension at Utah State University. Each department grants its own degrees and has its own acceptance and graduation requirements. Participating departments include Applied Economics, Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geology, Irrigation Engineering, Plants...