M.Sc. On Campus

Water Resources Science

University of Minnesota

12 months
28344 USD/year
28344 USD/year
18720 USD/year
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The Water Resources Science program of the University of Minnesota is an interdisciplinary approach to water resources education, offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.


About Water Resources Science

The Water Resources Science program of the University of Minnesota is a science-based, interdisciplinary, inter-collegiate (University of Minnesota -Twin Cities and University of Minnesota -Duluth) graduate program with three educational goals:

  • To produce M.S. and Ph.D. scientists with strong technical skills in disciplines relevant to water resources science, 
  • To develop a holistic understanding of the hydrologic cycle and associated ecosystems, as well as the interconnectedness of the sciences needed to understand and manage aquatic resources, 
  • To generate an understanding of the interplay between the bio-physical sciences and the social sciences in developing and implementing public policies related to water.


WRS graduate students take courses from four core areas: Limnology, Hydrology, Environmental Chemistry and Water Policy. Then, they have the flexibility to choose from a wide array of electives to broaden their expertise and receive specialized training to complement their research interest. The program has a formalized track in Limnology and Oceanography, which has slightly different degree requirements. Most of the students declaring this track have been associated with the Duluth campus, particularly with the Large Lakes Observatory.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar in Water Resources
  • Research and Professional Ethics in Water Resources and Environmental Science 
  • Hydrologic Modeling of Small Watersheds
  • Hydrologic Design 
  • General Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Water Chemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits
  • 30 to 32 credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree, preferably in a physical, chemical, biological, or environmental science or engineering program.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 grading scale). However, consideration will be given to competitive applications with a lower GPA when student circumstances warrant.
  • International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency.  Students are required to submit scores from one of the following proficiency exams.
  • At least two courses each in calculus, chemistry, and physics, and at least one course in the biological sciences.
  • Some experience or background in statistics.
  • Stronger preparation in certain subjects as required for the student's area of research. For example, students wishing to focus on quantitative hydrology should have a math background that includes differential equations.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28344 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 28344 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    28344 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28344 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18720 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Minneapolis

1130 - 2045 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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