Water Resources MS Program

Master’s Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in last 60 hours
  • Graduate Record Exam score (GRE)*
  • Minimum TOEFL scores: 550 (paper-based test), 80 (Internet-based test), 6.5 (IELTS Academic)
  • Experience in research or management of water resources. Practical skills are strongly considered.

Students whose GPA does not meet the requirements will be evaluated individually. Applicants will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Course Requirements

  • 30 hours of course work must be completed, and 15 hours or more shall be 8000 level.
  • Not more than 40 percent of the 30 hour credit requirement can be satisfied by a combination of special investigations, Research, Readings and/or Problems courses.
  • A maximum of 20 percent of the number of credit hours required for a student’s degree may be graduate credits transferred from another university, including another campus of the University of Missouri system upon the recommendation of the adviser, the approval of the academic program director of graduate studies and the MU Graduate School.
  • Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (A=4.0) in all course work presented for the degree.
  • Each student’s coursework requirements, including the selection of specific courses, will be listed in the student’s plan of study and approved by their graduate committee.
  • A minimum of one credit hour of graduate seminar must be included in each student’s graduate program.

Must take at least 6 credit hours from the following courses in Water Resources (other SNR courses may be substituted as appropriate):

Common Course Categories and Courses Offered

Aquatic Ecosystem Science
Fisheries and Wildlife 8460 Wetland Ecology
Fisheries and Wildlife 8520 Stream Ecology
Fisheries and Wildlife 7400 Techniques for Fisheries Management and Conservation
Fisheries and Wildlife 7100 Limnology
Fisheries and Wildlife 8450 Advanced Limnology
Fisheries and Wildlife 8550 Advanced Waterfowl Ecology
Forestry 7390 Watershed Management and Water Quality

Climate and Meteorology
Atmospheric Science 7400 Micrometerology
Atmospheric Science 7590 Radar Meterology
Atmospheric Science 8400 Atmospheric General Circulation
Atmospheric Science 8600 Climate Theory
Atmospheric Science 9300 Chaos Theory

Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Science 7318 Environmental Soil Chemistry
Environmental Science 8500 Chemistry of the Vadose Zone

Hydrological Science and Water Quality
Atmospheric Science 7550 Atmospheric Physics
Environmental Science 7320 Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling
Environmental Science 7305 Environmental Soil Physics
Environmental Science 7306 Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory
Environmental Science 8400 Solute Transport in the Vadose Zone
Civil Engineering 7710 Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
Geography 7630 Fluvial Geomorphology
Geology 7100 Groundwater Hydrology
Geology 7130 Groundwater Modeling
Geology 8240 Hydrogeologic Processes

Water Management Technology
Natural Resources 8290 Hydrologic Measurements and Synthesis
Atmospheric Science 7510 Remote Sensing for Meteorology and Natural Resources
Atmospheric Science 7590 Radar Meteorology
Atmospheric Science 9590 Advanced Radar Meteorology

Elective Courses
After meeting required common courses (above), students may supplement their respective course plan with the following recommended courses. Other courses may be substituted as appropriate. It is understood that interdisciplinary Water Resources students course plan may require customization and therefore may consist of courses not provided below.

Agricultural Systems Management 7420 Surface Water Management
Agricultural Systems Management 7440 Water Quality and Pollution Control
Agricultural Systems Management 7460 Irrigation and Drainage
Civil Engineering 7230 Introduction to Water Quality
Civil Engineering 7240 Water Quality Analysis
Civil Engineering 7290 Wastewater Treatment & Process Design
Civil Engineering 7700 Hydraulics of Open Channels
Civil Engineering 8200 Water Quality Modeling
Civil Engineering 8215 Environmental Transport Phenomena
Civil Engineering 8225 Aquatic Chemistry
Civil Engineering 8270 Design of Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Geology 7300 Introduction to Low Temperature Geochemistry
Geology 7500 Organic Geochemistry
Geology 8400 Ancient Greenhouse Climate
Plant Science 7720 Aquatic Entomology

Thesis Requirements

Forms and Timelines

M1 Plan of study for Master’s Degree

Together with his /her advisor, the student completes the M1 form and provides it to the Director of Graduate Studies in the emphasis area. This form provides the student, the school, and the MU Graduate School with a plan for all course work, transfer credit and research hours that will comprise a student’s program of study. This form should be completed by the end of the second semester.

M2 Request for Thesis Committee

The M2 form accompanies the M1, and should be submitted at the same time, by the end of the second semester. It is required of students who will be writing a thesis.

M3 Report of Master’s Examining Committee

The M3 form reports the final results of 1) master’s thesis defense 2) master’s project presentation or 3) master’s comprehensive examination. Submit to the MU Graduate School as soon as possible after the exam, project presentation or thesis defense.

Thesis defense seminar: All students must present a defense seminar in advance of his /her final examination. The seminar must be publicized and the Director of Graduate Studies needs to be informed of the date as soon as the student arranges it, at least two weeks before the seminar.

If the seminar is not appropriated announced, it will be considered invalid.

A thesis shall be completed before the final examination. Research credits toward a thesis normally shall not exceed eight hours. A final oral examination is provided by all candidates before completion of the degree.

Every candidate should review the “Guidelines for Preparing Theses and Dissertations” from the Graduate School and should consult the Water Resources Director of Graduate Studies for academic program style requirements.

Non-thesis Option



M.S. Committee Meeting Minimum Requirements

M.S. Students must meet with their committee at least twice during their degree seeking program.

First meeting: Present a written research proposal, provide a proposal presentation to the committee and present their M1, and M2 for approval and signing.

Second meeting: Often following public thesis defense. Defend thesis, present M3 for approval and signing.