Information and How to Apply

The application period for the Spring 2021 cohort runs from August 1st - December 1st, 2020.

The Master of Science in Water Resource Management is designed to provide an advanced educational study program that explores the principles of water management using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial technologies as tools to investigate real-world situations. Students will apply the skills learned to develop solutions within a framework that includes the economics, politics, and regulatory policy environment surrounding water resources.

What the Program Provides

The course of study requires students to:

  • Know basic GIS theory and software
  • Design, construct and manage spatial databases (EES 212)
  • Incorporate knowledge about building and using spatial data models, especially for decision-making processes (EES 212)
  • Understand the principles of climatology and evaluate conditions that lead to different outcomes in water supply and how changes in the water environment alter water resource management decisions (EES 264)
  • Integrate the processes involved in the hydrologic cycle and create scenarios where hydrological parameters change then track their effects and the outcomes with regard to water use management (EES 265)
  • Evaluate and interpret complex interactions between the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere in terms of climate and its effect on water availability and use (EES 264 and EES 265).
  • Understand different natural water resources and be able to compare and contrast different methods of water acquisition whether from surface or subsurface resources (EES 265)
  • Compare and contrast spatial changes in water availability along with resource quality and quantity (EES 264 and EES 265)
  • Differentiate systems of assigning economic costs to natural resources (EES 270)
  • Compare and contrast the economics of water use in urban versus agricultural uses (EES 270)
  • Design and assemble complex outcomes for the interactions of water with natural, agricultural, industrial and urban water resource uses (EES 266 and EES 267)
  • Differentiate between different water uses, outcomes, and evaluate different effluent treatment options (EES 267)
  • Compare and contrast different applications of economics to water and water use in terms of outright and hidden economic structures (EES 270)
  • Understand the construction of, and argue for or against the policy underlying administrative management of natural resources (EES 268 and EES 269)
  • Compare current NEPA and CEQA rules and regulations with the outcomes of a variable natural resource (EES 269)
  • Interpret management of a variable water supply through evaluation and the critique of water issue politics and policy (EES 268 and EES 269)
  • Evaluate a series of potential natural outcomes that range from water abundance to water shortages in terms of the politics and policy implementation (EES 263)

Program Contacts

Dr. Robert Dundas
Interim Program Coordinator
Chair of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department
Wendy Larson
Program Staff Support