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Professional Science Masters
Water Resource Management

Tolessa Deksissa, Ph.D.
Program Director

202.274.5273
psmwrm@udc.edu
 

Professional Science Master's (PSM) Program

Water Resources Management

Professional Science Master's (PSM) program in Water Resources Management is a unique professional degree that combines graduate studies in water quality and quantity, and environmental sciences with coursework in business, management or policy. It is an interdisciplinary and practical graduate program that includes an internship in an employer work places, for example in government or private sector.

The PSM in Water Resources Management prepares graduates for effective science communication and problem solving skills, entrepreneurship and technical innovation, in order to address the global challenges of water availability, quality and sustainability. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared for competitive and innovative water resources management positions.

Industry Partners

The PSM program in Water Resources Management partners with private, governmental and non-profit organizations that manage water and water-related activities in the nation's capital region. Industrial partners play a vital role in the PSM programs, serving on the advisory board, providing scholarships and internships, and supporting student participation, including opportunities for their own employees who enroll in the program to earn a master's degree that is directly relevant to the demands of their workforce.


The Professional Science Master's Degree in Water Resources Management requires completion of the following four-semester curriculum, including 35 total credits.

Course Descriptions

First Semester
COURSE NOCLASSCREDITS
WTRM - 500Water Quality Assessment, Monitoring & Treatment
3
MATH - 599Research Methods, Statistics and Data Mining
3
WTRM - 501Surface & Ground Water Hydrology
3
TOTAL 
9
   
Second Semester
COURSE NOCLASSCREDITS
WTRM - 504Ethics, Responsible Conduct of Research & Prof. Responsibility
3
WTRM - 505GIS for Water Resource Management
3
WTRM - 601Water Quality Modeling
3
MMED - 520Public Communication for STEM Professionals
3
TOTAL 
12
   
Third Semester
COURSE NOCLASSCREDITS
WTRM - 600Stream Restoration
3
WTRM - 503Enviro. Impact Assessment: Integrated Project
3
ISTH - 595Sustainable Entrepreneurship
3
TOTAL 
9
   
Fourth Semester
COURSE NOCLASSCREDITS
WTRM - 699Capstone Seminar
1
WTRM - 690Internship
3
BGMT - 509The Systems Approach and Project Management
3
TOTAL 
7
  
 
Professional Science Master's Degree in Water Resources Management Total
35
Note: Students are required to take a writing proficiency course and a writing proficiency test before graduating. 

 

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