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MSc Water, Society and Policy

The Water, Society and Policy degree at University of Arizona combines graduate coursework in social science, policy and hydrology with professional skill-development activities.

Quick Facts

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

Water sustainability has emerged as perhaps the most critical natural resource issue in the western United States as well as in other semi-arid regions around the world. More recently, even wet regions have come to face similar problems of water scarcity and conflict, due to growing demands and competition for water.

To meet the demands imposed by water scarcity, the University of Arizona now offers a Master of Science in Water, Society and Policy (WSP). The purpose of this degree is to provide opportunities for students to pursue professionally oriented study in a multi-disciplinary degree program that focuses on water science, society, and policy.

Skills and outcome

Students of the Water, Society and Policy degree at University of Arizona are exposed to human and environmental processes as they affect water and watersheds. They gain familiarity with quantitative and qualitative techniques for observation, monitoring, and modeling of processes relevant to the management of water from regional to global scales. They develop skills to communicate with decision makers; conduct and understand scientific research; write cogent research reports, proposals, and policy evaluations; and make effective public presentations.

Graduates of the program are able to understand the basic principles of hydrology, social science, management, law, and policy and are able to contribute to making informed decisions regarding water resources.

Courses include:

  • Economic Evaluation of Water and Environmental Policy Theory
  • Water Policy in Arizona and Semi-arid Regions
  • Comparative and International Water Policy
  • Water Management and Policy
  • Adaptation & Resilience in Water Resources Systems
  • International Environmental Policy and Governance

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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