The U.S. Agency for International Development predicts that 98 percent of the world’s 195 countries will soon be facing serious water shortages. With a graduate degree from our leading Waters of the West (WoW) program, you’ll be prepared to manage the complexities of contemporary water issues and to provide leadership in the quest for sustainable water resources worldwide.
You may earn a Master's of Science (M.S.) in Water Resources or a Ph.D. in Water Resources with one of the following emphases:
- Engineering & science
- Science & management
- Law, management & policy
A concurrent law and water resources degree (J.D./M.S. or J.D./Ph.D.) – the only such degree offered in the nation – is also available.
Launched in 2006, WoW – the only interdisciplinary program of its kind in Idaho and one of few such programs in the nation – draws on expertise of 56 faculty members in seven colleges to integrate aspects of law, natural resources, engineering, political science and more. The unique program focuses on developing sophisticated strategies and solutions that consider the entire water basin and the many dimensions of water issues.
As a student in this transformative program, you will:
- Form a deep knowledge in your chosen area of emphasis.
- Learn to communicate with professionals from other fields to find creative interdisciplinary solutions to water problems.
- Engage in collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
- Learn to interact with stakeholders and communities to gain support, trust and understanding of local attitudes and norms.
- Prepare to be a leader and expert who can address multidimensional water resources challenges.
Our 25 currently enrolled students engage in core program courses, seminars, regional field trips, conferences and internships. You also have opportunities to join a faculty-student team performing a holistic water basin or watershed analysis in partnership with stakeholders.