Investigate applied and theoretical problems and develop more sustainable uses of water resources with a Water Resources Engineering master’s program from UW–Madison.

Is this program right for you?

The Water Resources Engineering master’s program from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison teaches you the scientific and engineering skills to evaluate, plan, and operate water resource and environmental systems.


Our program takes just one year to complete, and focuses on a systems-based approach to managing water resources for societal benefit. You learn principles of water movement through the environment and understand how to best utilize it for municipal and industrial uses, agriculture, and natural ecosystems. You also solve practical problems in hydrology; fluid mechanics; environmental flows in rivers, lake, and coastal environments; and water resource management.


Build the expertise to analyze and design systems that control all aspects of the distribution of water to meet the needs of humans and improve natural resource management. You also analyze and solve scientific and engineering questions through field methods, laboratory experiments, remote-sensing techniques, numerical and statistical modeling, and analytic approaches.


With a Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Engineering option, you develop strong quantitative skills in modeling, systems thinking, and sustainability science. Graduate ready to succeed in consulting firms, federal and state laboratories and agencies, and municipal and county governments, and place yourself at the forefront of rapidly developing and world-changing innovations.


What you Learn

  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles in the field of water resources engineering
  • Formulate, analyze, and independently solve advanced water resource engineering problems
  • Apply scientific and technological advancements, techniques, and engineering tools
  • Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct

Where & How you learn


  • Accelerated
  • Face-to-face


  • 30 credit degree program
  • Complete the program in one academic year (fall, spring, summer)
  • Courses begin in fall semester only
  • Take 18 credits from the approved list of specialized courses; up to 6 credits of advanced independent study; 1-2 credits in a graduate student seminar; and up to 6 credits from a second discipline based on your career interests and faculty advisement

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All applicants must:

  • Meet the Graduate School minimum requirements
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited civil and environmental engineering program or from a recognized international institution
  • Complete the supplemental application section required by the Civil and Environmental Engineering program
  • Submit a 1,000 word or fewer statement of purpose; include your technical areas of interest, coursework emphasis, research experience, professional goals, faculty members you are interested in working with, and any other items relevant to your qualifications for graduate school
  • Submit three Letters of Recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 (written) or 92 (Internet version)
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

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