12 months
21592 USD/year
5500 USD/year
21592 USD/year
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Students in the Hydrogeology program at University of Nevada, Reno examine the occurrence and processes associated with subsurface water transport.


About the Program

Specific areas of emphasis in the Hydrogeology program at University of Nevada, Reno include but are not limited to: ground water contaminant transport, geochemical evolution of ground waters, nutrient transport processes in soils and ground water, vadose zone hydrology and numerical simulation of ground water, geochemistry and reactive transport. Students follow the shared core of five (5) courses that provide the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and introductions to surface and ground water hydrology and environmental chemistry as well as two credits of seminar in Hydrologic Sciences. SLOs for the degree are that students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic level of competency in the general field of hydrogeology
  • Explain ideas and results through written, numerical, graphical, spoken, and computer-based forms of communication
  • Complete research in their field of study, including answering specific question(s) in conjunction with the advisor and thesis committee
  • Demonstrate appropriate quantitative skills for their sub-discipline

Students can pursue a Master of Science degree either with Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis option). The Master of Science Plan A degree in Hydrogeology requires a minimum of 30 credits beyond the Bachelor degree, of which at least 18 credits (including 6 credits of thesis) must be at the 700-level.

The Master of Science in Hydrogeology degree allows flexibility to allow students to follow one or more of the broad areas of subsurface hydrology and to allow for specialization. All students receive a broad underpinning of the hydrologic sciences through the shared core courses. Students are expected to work with their advisors and committee members to develop a Plan of Study that best matches their research efforts and interests.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Small Watershed Hydrology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Advanced Geology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH
  • The Master of Science Plan A degree in Hydrogeology requires a minimum of 31 credits beyond the Bachelors degree.
  • The Master of Science Plan B degree in Hydrogeology requires a minimum of 32 credits beyond the Bachelors degree.


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students entering the program should have a Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, natural resources, ecology, or a related field
  • Prospective graduate students should have an undergraduate GPA above 3.0
  • GRE scores are not required. International students should have TOEFL scores exceeding 600.
  • In addition, the Program prerequisites include 2 semesters each of physics and chemistry as well as mathematics through differential equations and probability/statistics. Any deficiencies are to be made up during the first year of graduate studies and students are encouraged to consult with their advisors and the Program Director for guidance on the appropriate courses for fulfilling deficiencies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21592 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    5500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5500 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    21592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Reno

860 - 1230 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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