Requirements and Forms

Listed below are the Water Resources Management program requirements and forms. These forms are not submitted or routed electronically. When you have completed your form, print a copy of the document for committee signatures and final approval by Nelson Institute’s Academic Programs Office and the chair. Our office will only take paper copies of documents for approval.

If you have questions about the procedure for completing and submitting these forms or have issues with accessing the forms, contact Jim Miller at (608) 263-4373 or

Year 1

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Advisor and Committee

Obtain advisor and committee by end of first semester so that evaluation and guidance (E&G) can be completed during the first semester.

Curriculum and Workshop

Program Requirements

  • WRM requirements and guidelines
  • Nelson Institute requirements (satisfactory progress)
    The necessary steps and a recommended timetable for completion of an MS degree are included on the certification checklist. It is extremely important for students to follow the procedures listed and outlines for curriculum development, certification, and examination. Failure to follow these procedures may result in students not making satisfactory progress toward their degree.
  • Graduate School requirements
    An MS candidate who has completed graduate-level course work at another institution may request from their advisory committee that this work be used to fulfill some of the WRM program requirements. This request is usually made at the time of certification and should be discussed with the advisor and committee members as soon as possible. See the certification checklist for further details. Graduate courses taken at another institution will not fulfill the Graduate School’s minimum credit requirement.

  • Human subjects

Evaluation and Guidance (E&G) Form

All new WRM students should submit an E&G form by the time they complete one full year in the program.

Years 2 to Graduation

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Completion of Coursework and Workshop

Notify Academic Programs Office of Graduation

  • You should request your graduation warrant as soon as you know you are graduating in a term. To request your warrant, contact graduate advisor Jim Miller at (608) 263-4373 or In order for the Graduate School to release your warrant you must not have any incomplete, no report, or unsatisfactory grades. In order for the Nelson Institute to release your warrant, you must have your certification and any course substitutions approved by the program chair.
  • Expecting your MS

Finishing WRM