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 9 hours of credit from the Hydraulics & Water Resources core courses.

Program Electives: Students must take 12 hours of credit from the Hydraulics & Water Resources program electives. Students may substitute classes with course numbers greater than 100 in departments 53 (Civil & Environmental Engineering) or 58 (Mechanical Engineering) with the approval of the student’s advisor and Program Director.

Free Electives: MS thesis-option students must take 3 hours of free elective credit. MS non-thesis-option students must take 9 hours of free elective credit. Courses selected are subject to the approval of the student’s advisor and advisory committee.

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

Seminar: Students in Hydraulics and Water Resources are expected to register continuously for 53:193 (CEE:5093) HWR Graduate Seminar, and attend the weekly seminars. MS thesis-option students are required to present one seminar during their MS degree program, normally on their thesis or report topic. 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.

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.

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

Core Courses: Students must take 12 hours of credit from the Hydraulics & Water Resources core courses.

Program Electives: Students must take 15 hours of credit from the Hydraulics & Water Resources program electives. Students may substitute classes with course numbers greater than 100 in departments 53 (Civil & Environmental Engineering) or 58 (Mechanical Engineering) with the approval of the student’s advisor and Program Director.

Mathematical Sciences Electives: Students must take 12 hours of credit from approved mathematical sciences electives. Students may substitute classes with course numbers greater than 100 in departments 22M (Mathematics), 22S (Statistics and Actuarial Science), or 22C (Computer Science), with the approval of the student’s advisor and Program Director.

Free Electives: Students must take 15 hours of elective credit. Up to 6 hours of this credit may be drawn from a student’s Master’s Thesis. 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 53:193 HWR Graduate Seminar, and attend the weekly seminars. Students are required to present two seminars during their PhD degree program, normally on their thesis or report topic. 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.

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