Degree Requirements for Graduate Studies in Hydraulics and Water Resources

The Hydraulics and Water Resources Program offers both masters and Ph.D. degrees.

The MS degree may be earned on either a thesis or a non-thesis basis. The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 hours of credit – 24 semester hours of course work plus 6 semester hours of thesis research credit. The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work. Students seeking financial support should apply for the thesis option.

The Ph.D. degree requires 72 hours of credit beyond the basic undergraduate degree. A minimum of one year of on-campus residency is required for the Ph.D.

Course Requirements for the MS Degree

At the MS level, the program of study is designed to develop a fundamental knowledge of fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology, and water resources, its applications to such areas as hydraulic infrastructure, sediment transport and stream restoration, flood and drought assessment, and land-atmosphere interactions. A core program of courses plus electives, and thesis research (MS thesis-option only), is required.

The MS program requires a minimum 30 hours of credit beyond the basic undergraduate degree.

Core Courses: Students must take 18 hours of credit from the Hydraulics & Water Resources core courses.

Program Electives: Students must take at least 3 semester hours of credit from the Hydraulics & Water Resources program electives. The remaining 3 semester hour course that is outside of the program electives can be selected subject to the approval of the student's advisor and Program Director.

Thesis: Students may opt to complete a Master’s Thesis. This project will count for 6 semester hours of credit (CEE:5999). Students who choose the non-thesis option must take an additional 6 hours of free elective credit.

Seminar: All students are required to participate in CEE:5093 Hydraulics, Hydrology and Water Resources Graduate Seminar, and register for the seminar when they are registered at fulltime status (at least 9 semester hours).  Attendance is mandatory and every missed seminar will have to be substituted by attending the next seminar offered by any of the other CEE Graduate Programs (EES, SMM or TE; evidence of attendance is required).  Each student is required to present one seminar during their MS degree program, normally on their thesis or report topic.

Course Requirements for Ph.D. Degree

The Ph.D. degree requires the development of a high level of competence in Hydraulics and Water Resources through a combination of course work and research. The Ph.D. degree is more individualized to emphasize a specific area, and also develop special expertise in related areas of science and engineering.

The Ph.D. program requires a minimum 72 hours of credit beyond the basic undergraduate degree.  Up to 18 semester hours of PhD dissertation research (CEE:7999) credit may be applied towards this total.

Core Courses: Students must take 18 hours of credit from the Hydraulics & Water Resources core courses.

Program Electives: Students must take 9 hours of credit from the Hydraulics & Water Resources program electives. Students may substitute upper-level courses (course numbers greater than 3000) in departments CEE or ME (Mechanical Engineering) with the approval of the student’s advisor and Program Director.

Sciences Electives: Students must take 12 semester hours of credit from approved sciences electives. Students may substitute upper-level courses (course numbers greater than 3000) from the departments of Mathematics (MATH), Statistics and Actuarial Science (STAT or ACTS), Physics (PHYS) or Computer Science (CS), with the approval of the student’s advisor and Program Director.

Free Electives: Students must take 15 hours of elective credit.  Courses selected are subject to the approval of the student’s advisor and/or advisory committee.

Seminar: Students in Hydraulics and Water Resources are expected to register continuously for CEE:5093 HWR Graduate Seminar, and attend the weekly seminars. Attendance is mandatory and every missed seminar will have to be substituted by attending the next seminar offered by any of the other CEE Graduate Programs (EES, SMM or TE; evidence of attendance is required).  Students are required to present yearly seminars during their PhD degree program, normally on their thesis or report topic and after the Comprehensive Exam. Students who are no longer registered for course or research credits are not required to register for the seminar, but are expected to continue their attendance.

Dissertation:  Students must complete a Ph.D. Dissertation, for which they may receive up to 18 hours of credit.

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