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MSc Soil, Water and Environmental Science

Soil, Water and Environmental Science degree offered by the University of Arizona offers graduate work leading to the M.S degree in Soil, Water and Environmental Science. Two tracks are offered, “Environmental Science” or “Soil and Water Science”.

Quick Facts

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

The department also offers a dual degree option: the Master of Science in Soil, Water and Environmental Science and a Master of Arts in Journalism. Soil, Water and Environmental Science degree offered by the University of Arizona graduates with the dual MS/MA degrees would be able to make important contributions not only to discussions within news organizations about the ways in which information about science should be gathered and evaluated, but also discussions in the fields of science and journalism about the ways in which this information influences public perceptions and public policy, and therefore the effects of science on society.


The SWES department 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.

With a M.S. in Environmental Science, students will be prepared for careers in business and industry, governmental agencies, educational institutions, and private consulting firms.

Program Structure

Each student is responsible for submitting a Responsible Conduct of Research form, and in conjunction with their Major Professor, for developing a written Plan of Study. The Plan of Study is to be submitted to the Graduate College by the end of the second semester in residence. The Plan must identify

  • courses the student intends to transfer from other institutions
  • courses already completed at The University of Arizona that the student intends to apply toward the graduate degree
  • additional courses the student plans to complete to fulfill degree requirements

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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