University of Arizona

College of Science

Department of Hydrology and Water Resources


P.O. Box 210030 , School of Anthropology University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721-0030

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS Hydrology, MS Hydrometeorology, PHD Hydrology, PHD Hydrometeorology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The department offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in Hydrology (subareas of surface hydrology, subsurface hydrology, environmental hydrology, and water resources systems) and a major in Hydrometeorology (combination of surface hydrology and atmospheric sciences). The hydrology program is designed for students with interests in the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the hydrologic cycle, as well as water resources planning and administration, environmental studies, or the social sciences related to water resources. The hydrometeorology program is designed for students who wish to integrate aspects of surface hydrology and atmospheric sciences, including meteorology and climatology. The faculty offers competence in hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry, hydrometeorology, hydroclimatology, environmental hydrology, ground-water hydrology, surface-water hydrology, vadose zone hydrology, mathematical and statistical methods in hydrology (including numerical modeling), water resources systems, and water resources planning. Applicants need not have completed an undergraduate major in hydrology; however, previous study in a related field is beneficial. Students who have completed basic science and mathematics requirements may begin graduate-level study. Undergraduate course prerequisites include calculus 1 and 2, vector calculus, introductory ordinary differential equations, college-level chemistry (inorganic-analytical chemistry, 2-semester sequence), college-level physics (introductory mechanics and 1 additional semester of electricity/magnetism, thermodynamics, etc.), fluid mechanics or hydraulics, physical geology, and statistics or probability theory for the physical sciences or engineering. At the online application system at the University of Arizona Graduate College website, a prospective student may attach a statement of research interest, a resume or curriculum vitae, and college transcripts. He or she may also select potential faculty advisors, specify areas of research interest, and list special skills or experience. The application system also supports electronic submission of letters of recommendation by the applicant's referees .


University of Arizona Graduate College Accreditation and History: Association of American Universities (1 of 62 in U.S. and Canada) Research Extensive University (formerly called Research 1 University)

International Student Requirements:

Same as listed above. Applicant must satisfy all Graduate College requirements, including proficiency in English, proof of financial resources, and health insurance. Refer to the University of Arizona Graduate College website for additional information.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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