- MS in Water, Society, & Policy
- Degree Requirements
- How to Apply
- Forms and Policies
Water sustainability has emerged as perhaps the most critical natural resource issue in the western United States as well as in other semi-arid regions around the world. More recently, even wet regions have come to face similar problems of water scarcity and conflict, due to growing demands and competition for water.
To meet the demands imposed by water scarcity, the University of Arizona now offers a Master of Science in Water, Society and Policy (WSP). The purpose of this degree is to provide opportunities for students to pursue professionally oriented study in a multi-disciplinary degree program that focuses on water science, society, and policy. The WSP degree combines graduate coursework in social science, policy and hydrology with professional skill-development activities. Students are exposed to human and environmental processes as they affect water and watersheds. They gain familiarity with quantitative and qualitative techniques for observation, monitoring, and modeling of processes relevant to the management of water from regional to global scales. They develop skills to communicate with decision makers; conduct and understand scientific research; write cogent research reports, proposals, and policy evaluations; and make effective public presentations.
Graduates of the program are able to understand the basic principles of hydrology, social science, management, law, and policy and are able to contribute to making informed decisions regarding water resources.
Although you do not need an advisor to be admitted to the program, it is a good idea to contact faculty prior to applying.
|Laura Bakkensen||Assistant Professor, School of Government and Public Policyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Elizabeth Baldwin||Assistant Professor, School of Government and Public Policyemail@example.com|
|Courtney Crosson||Assistant Professor, College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecturefirstname.lastname@example.org|
Associate Professor and Associate Extension Specialist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Deputy Director for Science Translation & Outreach, Institute of the Environment
|Andrea Gerlak||Associate Professor, School of Geography and Developmentemail@example.com|
|Stuart Marsh||Associate Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tom Meixner||Professor and Associate Department Head, Department of Hydrology and Water Resourcesemail@example.com|
Assistant Professor, Soil, Water, and Environmental Science and Extension
Professor, Department of Agriculture and Economics Resources
Associate Professor, American Indian Studies
Professor, Rogers School of Law
|Sharon Megdal||Director, Water Resources Research Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Director, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
|Jose Soto||Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environmentemail@example.com|
|Connie Woodhouse||Professor, School of Geography and Developmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
WATER, SOCIETY, AND POLICY MS
Application deadline: No deadline for domestic students (rolling admissions). International students must apply 4 months prior to the start of the semester in which they wish to begin.
MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
• A Bachelor’s degree
• Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Minimum score of 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 79 on the internet- based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants whose native language is not English
MANDATORY PREPARATORY COURSEWORK
The program does not have prerequisites, though some core electives require economics (AREC 575) or physics and calculus (WSM 560A).
Coursework (15 units must receive regular grades)
Total Units for Degree 32
Core courses: 12-13 units
RNR 696W -- Water, Society and Policy Seminar: 2 units
Elective courses: 12-14 units
MS Project: 6 units of RNR 909
No minor required
Final Committee is faculty advisor or 1 tenured, tenure track or equivalent faculty member if approved by faculty advisor.
• A PLAN OF STUDY must be completed in the 2nd semester for M.S. Students
• A PROJECT PROPOSAL must be approved by your faculty advisor in the 2nd semester.
• You must file an annual report each year by April 15th
• You will be enrolled in RNR 696W your first and second semester in the program
Note: This sheet is a digest of degree requirements. Students should become familiar with the Graduate Catalog policies and the SNRE Graduate Student Handbook. The latter is available from the Academic Coordinator or on the SNRE website. If you have questions, see your major advisor.
Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
Unlike programs in other fields of study (e.g., Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology), SNRE does not have departmental funding for students. Because students are rarely accepted without funding, funding is something you will need to think about and discuss with potential faculty advisors very early in your conversations with them.
Here are the primary ways students are funded:
Here is a list of resources to help you locate funding to support your tuition and fees or your research.
Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants
Admissions Information and the Online Application
You must submit an online application with the Graduate College. All application materials can be uploaded into the online application system, including unofficial documents and TOEFL score reports. The online application will ask you for the program and option to which you are applying and you will need to list all faculty with whom you have been in correspondence.
Required documents that you will asked for in the online application include:
• A summary of coursework form (Students coming from institutions outside of the US are also required to list courses and grades. The U.S is on a 4.0 scale, but other countries are on a scale of 10 or 100. Just make a note on the scale on which you received your grades).
• A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation.
The application will generate an email request for the letters after you enter your recommenders’ contact information. This is the only part of the application that you can edit once you submit the application. You will be able to see who has sent their letter and who has not. You will be able to add recommenders throughout the process in case one of your recommenders does not respond. Please see the application tips link for tips on selecting recommenders. Your recommenders can choose to use regular mail, or send an email with the letter attached to the graduate coordinator. You can let them know this, but these instructions are also in the email that is sent via the online mechanism.
• Official transcripts from all Colleges and Universities attended.
International students must also take the TEOFL. See International Students section for more information on international student requirements.
The University Code is 4832 for GRE and TOEFL scores. You do not need a more specific code as the scores are entered into a central system.
Optional documents that you can upload into the application in include unofficial transcripts and TOEFL score reports, and your resume. (this can be uploaded into the transcripts section if the question is not specified).
Official transcripts must be sent to the graduate coordinator:
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
1064 E Lowell
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85719
Entrance Requirements for Water, Society and Policy Students
Currently there are no prerequisite coursework requirements for WSP students. Some individual courses in the core have prerequisites such as economics, physics, or calculus, but there is sufficient breadth in the core curriculum that if you haven’t already taken these prerequisites, other courses are available to fulfill the program requirements.
Contact the graduate coordinator:
Graduate Coordinator/ Academic Advisor
email@example.com (email is preferred)
Shannon can help with:
For problems with the online application, contact Graduate Admissions at 520-621-3471
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