Graduate Programs at the University of Minnesota

Water Resources Science Program

Our graduate program in Water Resources Science (WRS) is a unique, multi-disciplinary approach for water-resources education. Our program trains students in a holistic manner to prepare them for complex problems in managing and researching aquatic systems. Through excellent research and classroom opportunities on both the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses and faculty from 25 departments, WRS students develop the breadth of scientific knowledge needed to understand the complicated aquatic ecosystems and watersheds on which they will work. Our program has three educational goals: to produce scientists with strong technical skills in disciplines relevant to water resources science; to develop a holistic understanding of the hydrologic cycle and associated ecosystems, as well as the interconnectedness of the sciences needed to understand and manage aquatic resources; and to generate an understanding of the interplay between the bio-physical sciences and the social sciences in developing and implementing public policies related to water. We offer Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees with eight areas of emphasis from which students may choose: Aquatic Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Hydrologic Science, Limnology, Water Management Technology, Water Policy and Economics, Water Quality, and Watershed Science and Management.