Master of Science - Water Resources Management


The Water Resources Management (WRM) program is a flexible, interdisciplinary course of study leading to a Master of Science degree. Students work with their advisory committee to design a course of study that allows them to better understand water-related issues within the context of their personal interests, and their existing skill set.

Students may take classes and conduct research with faculty in the Colleges of: Sciences, Business, Urban Affairs, Engineering, and Liberal Arts at UNLV, plus the Boyd School of Law and the Desert Research Institute.

Available Options

  • Thesis Track
  • Non-Thesis Track


For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific research method.
  • Demonstrate the ability to pose a scientific research question, including posing the question in the form of a hypothesis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct a scientific literature search, tailored to the specific project.
  • Demonstrate the ability to execute problem-specific skills at an appropriate level.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and execute a scientific research plan, without excessive guidance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present the results of scientific research in both oral and written formats.

Career Possibilities


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Master of Science - Water Resources Management

Thesis Track

Non-Thesis Track


Graduate Coordinator

Michael Nicholl

Associate Professor, Geology

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Water Resources Management Program

Water resource management is a technically and scientifically based program that blends the physical aspects of the hydrologic sciences with policy and management issues.


College of Sciences

The College of Sciences provides students a solid foundation in natural, physical, and mathematical sciences for a successful career in the sciences and other professional programs.