Graduate Programs

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Water Science and Policy: Ph.D., M.S.


The interdisciplinary program in water science and policy educates students to address the complex challenges that we face today; to develop solutions that are socially acceptable, economically viable and environmentally sustainable; and to be true stewards of our environment.

Our cadre of top-notch faculty represents many disciplines — hydrology, geology, geography, plant and soil sciences, microbiology, ecology, engineering, economics and public policy, to name a few — but we share a common vision. We aim to better understand water and its relationship to Earth’s diverse systems and to better manage and protect our precious water resources.

By choosing to study water science and policy at the University of Delaware, you will be begin an exciting intellectual journey that will challenge you to synthesize knowledge from a number of different fields. No matter what aspect of water you choose as your research focus, you will be encouraged to look at how it intertwines with other natural and human aspects of water quality and quantity.

The water science and policy program offers three degree options:

  • A Ph.D. with a Water Science Concentration (36 credits)
  • A Ph.D. with a Water Policy Concentration (36 credits)
  • A Master of Science with thesis (30 credits)

For both the Ph.D. and the M.S. degrees, you must take courses across five categories, which include the following:

  • Physical science
  • Chemical/biological science
  • Policy
  • Research methods
  • Statistics and analysis


Degress Offered

Water Science and Policy–M.S.

Water Science and Policy–Ph.D.


Application Deadlines



February 1: To be considered for departmental funding

July 1: Final deadline to apply


December 1: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1028.