Water Resources Management MS

Water is fundamental to all life. Meeting the increasing human demand for water while ensuring its future availability and quality is a significant societal challenge. The Water Resources Management (WRM) program prepares students to face the complexities of managing this critical natural resource.

Putting Knowledge Into Practice

The core of the Water Resources Management curriculum is the practicum where graduate students take on a water resources management issue facing a local community. Instead of doing individual research projects, graduate students collaboratively carry out an applied two-year project. From start to finish, students gain real-world experience working with a government agency or nonprofit organization client. The end goal of the practicum is to inform water policy and deliver water management recommendations to decision makers.

Two students measuring the width of a stream in a wetland area

Where Can Your Degree Take You?

Since its founding in 1965, the Water Resources Management Program has prepared more than 500 graduates for professional work in water resources planning and management. Our graduates can be found all over the world working in fields ranging from federal agencies to urban and regional planning. Job titles of our alumni include:

Senior Water Resources Coordinator
Oregon Water Resources Department (Salem, Oregon)

Vice President of Organizational Development
The Wilderness Society (Washington, D.C.)

Vice President of Ecological Design
North American Wetland Engineering (White Bear Lake, Minnesota)

Contact Us

Wondering if the Water Resources Management program is right for you? Our staff is happy to answer your questions.

Anita Thompson
Chair of Water Resources Management Program, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering
amthompson2@wisc.edu

Jim Miller
Senior Student Services Coordinator, Graduate Advisor
jemiller@wisc.edu

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