The Water Science and Management (WSM) Graduate Program encourages students to interact and engage with faculty, staff, and other students across many different departments and areas of study. WSM graduate students are expected to excel in academics, but also to enrich their studies with professional development and research. By the end of your graduate experience, you will be an expert in water and hopefully become a supporter of Water Science and Management at New Mexico State University.
This degree program will train researchers to meet current and emerging water challenges, including:
Improved agricultural water use efficiency
The need to reduce aquifer vulnerability
Improved watershed management for community water supplies
Affordable urban and agricultural conservation measures
Increased economic development from use of abundant brackish groundwater
Greater flexibility for adapting water use patterns to drought and climate change
In addition to research qualifications, program graduates will compete well for professional jobs. A recent extensive survey of regional and national employers found a strong and diverse market for the program’s graduates.
Five fields of study offered in the program are:
Agricultural water resources
Watershed, riparian, and aquatic systems
Water quality and treatment
Water economics and policy
International students are encouraged to apply.
The NMSU International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is the focal point for the University's international activities. ISSS provides services and advisement to international students who come from approximately 72 countries. ISSS also cooperates with international student associations and community organizations to organize socio-cultural activities for international students and their families. ISSS offers several international scholarships to students seeking additional funding. Students can contact ISSS for additional information. International students must have a current Social Security number in order to be employed at NMSU.
Doctor of Philosophy in Water Science & Management
New Mexico State University also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Water Science & Management.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Water Science and Management degree is designed to give students a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of water science and hydrology and training in methods of research. The Ph.D. degree can be earned in about 30-40 credits of formal course work beyond the Master's Degree, plus additional dissertation research credits, for a minimum total of 75 credits beyond the B.S. degree, as detailed below:
AEEC 575 – Advanced Water Resource Management and Policy (3 credits)
RGSC 518 – Watershed Methods and Management, OR SOIL 456 Irrigation and Drainage (3 credits)
CE 557 – Water Resources Development (3 credits)
GEOG 578 – Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (4 credits) OR GEOG 521 – GIS Applications (3 credits)
A ST 505 – Statistical Inference I OR C E 582 – Statistical Hydrology (3-4 credits)
Seminar – Two different departments (2 credits)
Electives– from designated water list for the relevant field of study (10 credits)
Free electives – in consultation with the student’s committee (5 credits)
Dissertation – (18 credits)