Water Resources Management, M.Sc. | University of Wisconsin Madison | Madison, United States
24 months
25504 USD/year
25504 USD/year
12176 USD/year
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The Water Resources Management (WRM) program offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison is an interdisciplinary graduate program leading to a master of science (M.S.) degree in water resources management. 


The Water Resources Management program at the University of Wisconsin Madison addresses the complex, interdisciplinary aspects of managing water resources by helping students integrate the biological and physical sciences (which identify and assess problems) with engineering (which defines technological alternatives) as well as law and the social sciences (which assess needs and potential for institutional response). Through the WRM program, a student gains breadth in relevant planning and management areas while developing depth in an area specialty.

The Water Resources Management degree is designed to prepare students for employment as water resources management professionals. Rather than conduct individual research projects, WRM students participate in a summer group practicum workshop with a water resources management focus. Students who wish to add individual research credentials to their records frequently arrange to complete a second, simultaneous master's program in one of the university's traditional departments. Those interested primarily in individual research may wish to consider the Nelson Institute's Environment and Resources program as an alternative. The WRM program does not offer a doctoral degree.

Learning Outcomes

  • Expand their knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological, and social sciences and learn how to apply this knowledge to the management of water resources.
  • Understand water resource decision-making at governance levels from local to national.
  • Use a wide range of analytical tools to sustainably manage water resources.
  • Participate in as well as lead interdisciplinary teams.
  • Orally and in writing communicate to stakeholders the findings and recommendations of interdisciplinary projects.
  • Have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Natural Science & Technology
  • Water Resources Institutions & Public Decision-Making Processes 
  • Analytical & Design Tools in Water Resources 
  • Water Resources Management Practicum Planning Seminar
  • Water Resources Management Summer Practicum

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution is required. International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00
  • The Graduate School does not require the GRE
  • International applicants are required to have adequate financial resources to cover expenses for the duration of their studies at UW–Madison

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25504 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25504 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25504 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25504 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12176 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

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