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Water Resources Engineering


The online M.S. in Civil Engineering is a 32-credit hour program, completed in 21 months* while working full-time. This degree has four tracks or specializations to choose from: Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation or Water Resources. You can learn to create a more sustainable infrastructure for generations to come with our Water Resources track. Water resource engineers develop new equipment and systems for water management facilities. The systems they create ensure that citizens are provided with a continuous supply of uncontaminated water. By specializing in Water Resources Engineering, you can advance your practical skills in water resources and contribute to global impact with one of the world's most valued natural resources.

Building on the common foundation modules, the Water Resources track dives deep into water resources planning and management, engineering hydrology, watershed science or water reuse, and groundwater structure.

As a capstone to your program, you will complete an open-ended design project which demonstrates your understanding of the principles taught in the curriculum through practical application to a real-world problem.


*21-month program for students who start in the fall semester; spring starts can finish in 24 months.

Who This Track is For

The Water Resources track is for undergraduate-qualified engineers who want to:

  • Pursue water resources at an advanced level or as a new specialty;
  • Earn professional development credit that may be applied towards professional licensure in their state, and
  • Connect with a global network of engineering professionals and our industry-experienced faculty.

Presented through a best-in-class online interface, you can finish this degree in as few as 21 months.

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Courses for the Water Resources Track

Course (credits)Description
Groundwater (3)An applied course dealing with properties of aquifers, modeling of groundwater flow, groundwater hydrology and its interrelation with surface water, well hydraulics, pumping tests and safe yield of aquifers.
Hydrometeorology (3)The course provides students with an in-depth study of precipitation estimation as well as data analysis and computational methods for hydrometeorology, including disaster prevention and decision making under uncertainty. The overarching goal is to train students to conduct critical thinking across atmospheric science and hydrology and across water science and engineering.
Water Law (2)The system of water rights; riparian, appropriation, and prescriptive rights; stream, surface, and groundwater; transfer and termination of rights; injuries caused by water; development of water supplies; federal-state, interstate, and intrastate conflicts; water pollution control; federal and Indian rights and federal water resource problems.
Open Channel Hydraulics (3)Theory, analysis and design of channels, aqueducts, headworks, siphons, spillways and hydraulic structures. An in-depth study of critical flow and measurement techniques. Backwater analysis by analytical, calculator and computer methods. Special emphasis on practical problems of general interest, such as channel design and floodplain analysis with HEC-RAS.
Water Resource Management (1)Interdisciplinary course to study human decision making in the context of effective water management, with the goal of optimizing social, economic, ecological and environmental benefits, security and equity, and natural yields, which are all intimately tied to water. This course is designed to educate and foster future water managers and planners.
Water Security (3)This class will look at the topic of water security through multiple perspectives, including historical to current day examples of water security challenges, water security at the nexus of water quality, water quantity and water equity considerations, water security in the face of competing demands and threats, and water security planning.
Water Reuse and Health Impact (3)Water Reuse and Health Impact is designed to introduce current and future water resource professionals to the application of water quality principles in two important areas: the health impacts of water and wastewater and the potential of water reuse and reclamation.