Master of Science in Water Resources

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Program Description

Overview

The Water Resources Master Program (WRMP) is an interdisciplinary graduate program offers a Master of Science degree addressing all areas of Water. The program accepts both full and part-time students since its commencement in September 1999. The WRMP offers thesis and non-thesis options. Students with thesis option need to complete 30 CHs for graduation; while non-thesis option students need to complete 33 CHs to graduate. The WRMP covers various aspects related to water resources including (but not limited to) Integrated Water Resources Management and Sustainability, Groundwater Hydrology, Surface Water Hydrology, Subsurface Contaminant Hydrology, Water Quality, Risk Assessment, Environmental Engineering and Protection, Environmental Impact Assessment, Water Science and Technology, Hydrological and Hydrogeological Modeling, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Water Desalination, Hydraulic and Coastal Systems, Water Recycling, Water Infrastructure, Water Resources Planning and Assessment using GIS and Remote Sensing, and Water Economics and Policy. The participation of several experts from different university colleges conforms to the multidisciplinary nature of the program and brings deep knowledge on enormous practical applications related to water resources.

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Program Objectives

  • Educate and train graduate students to become competent in relevant issues of water resources.
  • Allow the program graduates, who may already be working in related institutions, to provide leadership and technical assistance to their institutions on water-resource related issues in accordance with the national needs.
  • Enrich and strengthen cooperation and scientific research in the field of water resources on national, regional, and international levels.
  • Motivate students to be easily engaged in life-learning experience in various areas related to Water Resources.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge on Water Resources Assessment, Development, and Management with specific reference to arid regions conditions.
  • Acquire skills to address contemporary issues related to Water Resources and understand their social and economic impacts.
  • Develop skills of utilizing modern assessment and prediction tools related to water resources including field tests and computer software.
  • Communicate effectively and produce professional reports related to various disciplines of Water Resources.
  • Apply basic concepts in management, public policy, and leadership in various areas of water resources.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours: minimum of 30 hours

Water Resources (30 for theses and 33 for no-theses)

Required Courses (9 CHs for thesis and non-thesis) (9 hours) Credit Hours
WATR602 Water Resources Management 3
WATR608 Graduate Seminar 0
WATR605 Introduction to Water Science and Technology 3
STAT612 Experimental Design & Analysis 3

Elective Courses

Elective Courses (15 CHs for thesis and 21 CHs for non-thesis) (15 hours) Credit Hours
CIVL602 Environmental Impact Assessment Principles & Applications 3
WATR601 Fluid Mechanics for Non-Eng. 3
WATR615 Groundwater Hydrology 3
WATR617 Water and Wastewater Treatment 3 - 3
WATR620 Membrane Desalination 3
WATR631 Special Topics in Water Resources 3
WATR632 Directed Studies in Water Resources 1 - 3
WATR603 Surface Water Hydrology 3
WATR606 Water Quality 3
WATR611 Hydraulics of Closed Conduits 3
WATR616 Advanced Hydrochemistry 3
WATR618 Introduction to Water Desalination 3
WATR622 Coastal Hydrodynamics 3

Thesis/Project

6 Credit Hours for Thesis option and 3 Credit Hours for non-thesis option (6 hours) Credit Hours
WATR640 Research Thesis 1 6
WATR695 Technical Project 2 3
1: For Thesis
2: For Non-Thesis

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education and scientific research;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in all undergraduate work.
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. Such a Student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  2. May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  3. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  2. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

Merit Fellowship Award

To receive the Merit Award, students are expected to have high academic credentials and maintain their academic success at the UAEU. The Merit Fellowship Award offers a financial assistance in form of partial tuition waiver to qualified students. Students in STEM and strategic areas of the country (renewable energy, transportation, health, water resources, technology, space) will have priority.

Student Eligibility:

  • Have Excellent Academic Standing (GPA ≥ 3.6/4.0).
  • Maintain a GPA ≥3.6/4.0 during study at UAEU.
  • Have no other financial sponsorship or award.

Benefits:

  • 50% discount on tuition fees.

Duration:

  • Valid until graduation as long as the student is abiding with the Student Eligibility conditions.

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Last updated Nov 2019

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