GRADUATE PROGRAM of HYDROLOGIC SCIENCES

Admission Requirements & Information

(Deadlines are Aug. 15 for Spring Semester and Jan. 15 for Fall Semester)


Degrees Offered

The GPHS administers two separate UNR degrees (Hydrology and Hydrogeology) at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels, and a graduate certificate in International Water Resources. The GPHS also administers an Accelerated BS/MS Program in Hydrology or Hydrogeology with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Use this link for more information on the graduate certificate.

Use this link for more information about the Accelerated BS/MS Program in Hydrology or Hydrogeology.

The remainder of this page is about the degree programs. There is a single, required, foundation core that includes a seminar along with one course each in groundwater, hydrologic fluid dynamics, and environmental chemistry.  Beyond this foundation core, each degree has separate and additional required coursework.  Students are expected to work with their advisors and committee members to develop a Plan of Study that best matches their research efforts and interests.

A non-thesis M.S. option is available in both Hydrology and Hydrogeology and is an appropriate alternative for those students with significant experience in project management and report writing, while maintaining the high standards of a Master of Science Degree.  The non-thesis option is generally considered a terminal degree and is not recommended for those students considering a future Doctoral degree.  

Entrance Requirements and Deficiencies

Students admitted to the Program should have a bachelor of sciences degree or equivalent in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, natural resources, or ecology.  Students with non-related degrees can also be considered for admission. Prospective graduate students should have GRE scores exceeding 153 verbal and 144 quantitative (500 each in verbal and quantitative on old scale), undergraduate GPA’s above 3.0 and international students should have TOEFL scores exceeding 600.

In addition, the Program requires undergraduate prerequisites of 2 semesters each of calculus based physics (PHYS 180 and 181, or equivalent), chemistry (CHEM 201 and 202, or equivalent) and calculus (MATH 181 and 182, or equivalent), one semester of probability/statistics (STAT 352, or equivalent), and differential equations (MATH 285, or equivalent).

Although calculus-based physics (PHYS 180 and 181) is highly recommended, a non-calculus-based physics course, PHYS 151 and 152 or equivalent, will be allowed if approved by your advisor.

Any deficiencies are to be made up during the first year of graduate study and students are encouraged to consult with their advisors and the GPHS office for guidance on the appropriate courses for fulfilling deficiencies.

For more detailed information regarding entrance requirements, undergraduate deficiencies, and degrees offered, please refer to our Handbook