Water Resources Science Graduate Program

Water Resources Science (WRS) allows students to take a deep dive into the science behind planning, management, and designs necessary for our public policies related to water.  Students will gain a holistic understanding of the hydrologic cycle and associated ecosystems as well as the interplay between biophysical sciences and social sciences.

Students come to WRS from a variety of backgrounds like environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, or fisheries.  They take classes in limnology, hydrology, environmental chemistry, and policy, and complement that core with their choice of electives to propel them toward their career goals.  

Located on campuses near picturesque Lake Superior and the Mississippi River, students can take advantage of Minnesota’s 12,000+ lakes and water sources for research and recreation.

WRC Fellowship

The Water Resources Center (WRC) is the administrative home of WRS and Minnesota’s member of the National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR). As a NIWR member, the WRC has a Congressional mandate to conduct and organize research relevant to water resource concerns in the state.  

To support that mandate, the WRC sponsors an annual WRC Fellowship for an incoming student to the Water Resources Science program.  Click here to see the recipients.