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MSc Soil, Water and Environmental Science – Accelerated Master’s Program

Soil, Water and Environmental Science – Accelerated Master’s Program degree offered by the University of Arizona students interested in the AMP in SWES should apply for admission before their senior or final year of undergraduate studies. The UA Graduate College allows for up to twelve units to be shared between the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: August, January
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

The Soil, Water and Environmental Science – Accelerated Master’s Program degree offered by the University of Arizona strongly supports attendance at professional meetings. Student presentations at meetings and student publications are likewise encouraged. Numerous workshops on topics ranging from the Internet to scientific writing are regularly available.

In addition to graduate student-sponsored activities, various departmental events, such as departmental picnics and weekly seminars, provide students with opportunities to meet and socialize with colleagues.


The Department of Environmental Science (ENVS) brings together a faculty of outstanding scientists, distinguished by their understanding of soil, water, and the environment, and their ability to carry out research and planning towards the solution of environmental and resource use problems. The department offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Soil, Water and Environmental Science, with focal areas in either Environmental Science, or Soil and Water Science.

We focus our research activities in three key areas:

Environmental science

  • Contaminant transport and fate
  • Water quality
  • Waste management and reuse
  • Soil and groundwater remediation
  • Ecosystem restoration.

Critical zone science

  • Physical, chemical and microbiological processes

Soil, plant and atmospheric systems

  • Climate science
  • Soil-water-plant relations
  • Soil genesis, morphology and pedology

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

Andrew Wojtanowski // MS 2016