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Hydrology and Water Resources (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Hydrology and Water Resources will address a

need to provide specialized education to starting students and practicing

professionals in the changing needs of hydrology and water resources. The

certificate will provide students with a working knowledge of detailed hydrologic

and water resources principles to be prepared for work as a professional in

hydrologic design and planning and operation of water resources systems. In

summary the certificate will provide:

• A curriculum of study for graduate students that explores hydrology and

water resources topics

• An introduction to fundamental features of hydrology and water resources

principles that are relevant to professional practice in the field

by introducing principles of fluid mechanics, hydraulic engineering and water

resources systems relevant to professional practice and to familiarize students with

experimental and research techniques that are applicable to hydrology and water


Department/Academic Unit(s)

Hydrology & Water Resources -

The Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences offers a graduate-level certificate (non-degree program) with an emphasis in Hydrology and Water Resources (HWRS).  The certificate program provides specialized education for those seeking professional work in hydrologic design, planning, and operation of water resources systems. The program serves three primary student groups:

  • Current graduate students not majoring in hydrology and water resources but studying in a related discipline (e.g. environmental science, civil or geological engineering)
  • Working professionals seeking post-baccalaureate education
  • Non-degree trainees seeking post-baccalaureate education and training

The curriculum explores a variety of hydrology and water resources topics and provides an introduction to fundamental principles of hydrology and water resources that are relevant to professional practice in this field through introduction of basic fluid mechanics, hydraulic engineering, and water resources systems. The curriculum also emphasizes experimental and research techniques that are applicable to hydrology and water resources.

College of Science  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Martha P L Whitaker
Graduate Program Coordinator
Martha P L Whitaker
Director of Graduate Studies
Thomas Meixner
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements


INTERNATIONAL:  Applications for Fall Semester admission must be completed by January 15.

International applications for Spring Semester admission must be completed by August 1 (for any student requiring a visa).

Required: Applicants should upload required documents to the Graduate College application, including a Resume or Curriculum Vitae; Two Letters of Recommendation (instructions provided); copy of Transcripts for all colleges and universities attended; Diploma Certificates (international applicants). All of these documents may be uploaded and attached to the Graduate College online application.

At the Graduate College website, click on Apply-Now to begin your application.

Undergraduate course prerequisites in science and mathematics include:

Physical Geology: 1 semester
College Chemistry: 2-semester sequence, Inorganic/Analytical
College Physics: 2-semester sequence, 1 course in Mechanics; 1 course in Electricity/Magnetism or Optics/Thermodynamics
Fluid mechanics: 1 semester
Mathematics: Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Vector Calculus, Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
Engineering Statistics or Probability Theory: 1 semester

Standardized Tests

Required test(s):
Required GRE Subject tests: None
Recommended tests:
Recommended GRE Subject tests:
Minimum GRE Verbal:
Minimum GRE Quantitative:
Minumum GRE Written:
Minimum GMAT:
Minimum MAT:
Minimum TOEFL: 550 or IBT: 80
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

This is a non-degree program.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Rolling

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: August 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 1699

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minimum credits:  12

Core coursework:  Required:  A minimum of 6 units from

HWRS 517A Fundamentals of Water Quality (3)

HWRS 518 Fundamentals of Subsurface Hydrology (3)

HWRS 519 Fundamentals of Surface Water Hydrology (3)

HWRS 528 Fundamentals: Systems Approach to Hydrologic Model. (3)

To comply with the 12 unit requirement the student may take other courses in the graduate program in the HWR Department. These courses need to be approved by the Graduate Committee Department.

Students will be allowed, upon approval by the HWR DGS to substitute one elective course, or no more than 25% of the total required

12 units.

All courses will be offered on-campus and in-person.

Online Courses: None at this time

Language requirements: None

Minor Requirements


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Last revised 25 Apr 2018