What will I learn?

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.

The School of Natural Resources and the Environment is a world leader in pursuing science that informs how environmental change impacts arid and semi-arid systems and how best to adapt to environmental challenges. We are a cohort of students, faculty, and staff who take great pride in our focus on problem-driven research, teaching, and extension encompassing all aspects of environmental stewardship. Our research answers important questions about how ecosystems respond under environmental or human pressures. We develop strategies to help mitigate the effects of these pressures, helping to create and maintain healthy and sustainable ecological systems.

Which department am I in?

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 30 units of graduate credit)

Tuition fees
US$22,400.00 per year
The given fee is for 2019/20 and is subject to change

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 August 2020

Start date

24 August 2020, 13 January 2021

Venue

University of Arizona

1200 E University Blvd.,

TUCSON,

Arizona,

85721, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree.

For international students

Students must have completed a four year bachelor from Regionally accredited institution.

Acceptable English Proficiency credentials:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT (or 60 on the revised PBT with no section score lower than 15). Individual MyBest scores must also be dated within 2 years of the enrollment term to be considered valid.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below a 6
  • Pearson PTE Academic - minimum score of 60
  • Graduate English Language Endorsement from the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)
  • CEPT Full Academic test - offered by our Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), minimum Total score of 110.

August 1st deadline for Spring international applicants.

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About this uni

The University of Arizona is ranked as a top 100 global university and is Arizona’s #1 and first university.

  • Among America’s best colleges (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Member of the prestigious AAU
  • Over 300 programs of study
  • Ranked among the top 50 public universities in the U.S.