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Natural Resources with Water Resources Emphasis, Master of Science




What will I learn?

The Water Resources emphasis area is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program within the School of Natural Resources. It encompasses all fields of natural sciences represented in the School and, through collaboration, involves related expertise from throughout the University of Missouri and beyond. Participating faculty in the Water Resources emphasis area are engaged in both the scientific understanding of water resources (biological, chemical and physical) and its management, and the decision-making processes used to address competing societal values (social, economic and legal). The program has no geographic boundaries but the location of MU suggests most research will be directed to better understanding of water movement, biogeochemical cycling and biological processes of forested- agricultural and urban landscapes of the midcontinent. The lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and subsurface waters of the region are prime areas for basic and applied research. One of the program’s major global impacts is the training of highly qualified graduate professionals that are equipped to address many of the complex contemporary water resource problems around the world.

Which department am I in?

College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 30 credits for the thesis option and 36 credits for the non-thesis option)

Tuition fees
US$23,102.00 per year
The tuition fees is based on 9 credit units each fall and spring semester.

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

Start date

16 January 2024


College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

2-64 Agriculture Building,



65211, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum Admission Requirements: Have earned a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Have earned a 3.0 or better GPA in the last 60 hours of baccalaureate coursework (for applicants with less than a master’s degree).

For international students

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution
Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in last 60 hours
Experience in research or management of water resources. Practical skills are strongly considered.
Minimum TOEFL scores: 550 (paper-based test), 80 (Internet-based test), 6.5 (IELTS Academic)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Missouri

The University of Missouri’s beautiful 1,262-acre site offers a pleasant place to enjoy top- class study at a well-renowned American institution.

  • Outstanding facilities across a beautiful campus
  • Dedicated international center
  • Focus on experiential learning
  • Diverse and active student body

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