M.S./Ph.D. Water Resources

Managing today's water resources is a complex job, far more complex than it was a hundred years ago, when many of today's water management organizations began. 

To produce professionals who will be at the top of their game when dealing with contemporary water issues, WR offers a unique graduate-level curriculum that builds disciplinary competencies, requires the integration and synthesis of knowledge to define and solve water issues, and provides field opportunities for highly collaborative water basin analyses of great importance to their communities. 

Students can earn interdisciplinary master's and doctoral degrees in water resources in one of three emphases: engineering & science; science & management; or law, management & policy. Students can also earn a concurrent law and water resources degree (JD/M.S. or JD/PhD) – the only such degree offered in the nation. 

The WR program -- once referred to as interdisciplinarity on steroids -- is the only program of its kind in the state of Idaho, and very few exist in the nation. 

Waters of the West (WoW)

A group of Water Resources faculty believe strongly that what is needed to solve complex modern water resource issues is an interdisicplinary team approach that analyzes the myriad components of the problem, then offers affordable, long-term solutions.

Waters of the West (WoW), the research and outreach arm of the Water Resources Program, is leading the way through a sophisticated strategy that considers an entire water basin and offers solutions found at the intersection of law, science, economics, community dynamics, engineering, and more - the many dimensions of a water basin.

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Youth Water Summit

On April 14-15, students from all over Northern Idaho will meet at the University of Idaho for a two-day Youth Water Summit, where they will share their watershed investigations and propose solutions to local challenges. More

Apply to the IGERT Ph.D. program!

Funded by the National Science Foundation, this innovative program features team-based science to study the combined impacts of climate change and population dynamics on water resources in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more.