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Welcome to the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (GPHS), one of the nation’s top graduate programs in the hydrologic sciences!  The GPHS administers two graduate degrees at both the Master and Doctoral levels in Hydrology and Hydrogeology, with a shared fundamental core and differing electives. The GPHS also offers a graduate certificate in "International Water Resources."


         The Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences is one of the largest such programs in North America and is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 places in the United States to study hydrology by U.S. News and World Report. The goals of the program are to provide fundamental and advanced training to students with undergraduate backgrounds in science and engineering, in the critical fields of surface and subsurface hydrology. Over 70 faculty at UNR and the Desert Research Institute conduct research in areas such as contaminant transport (surface and subsurface), watershed and ecohydrology, aqueous geochemistry, global climate change, groundwater hydraulics, vadose zone hydrology, surface water hydrology and water resources engineering, students have a tremendous range of options to study. The curriculum is designed to guarantee a common breadth of experience through a shared fundamental core, while leaving ample time for concentration and student research.  While our program is large in student numbers, we maintain an informal and close knit group of students and faculty. Our current faculty and their research interests are located at Hydrology Faculty and this will also lead you to their personal web pages. You are encouraged contact these faculty directly with questions or interest in their research.

       Our size fosters a personal atmosphere in which there is a close relationship between faculty and students. The Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences supports a vibrant student chapter of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) as well as an active international water organization for students (SAIWI).


       In addition to the outstanding educational opportunities, Reno and its surroundings offer tremendous opportunities for recreation. The Reno-Tahoe area offers some of the greatest skiing, mountain biking, climbing and kayaking of any university. Whether it's kayaking at the new Reno Whitewater Park (10 minutes from campus) or sledding at Squaw Valley (40 minutes from campus), students can unwind from their studies.


       For more information about the Hydrologic Sciences program contact:


Dr. Laurel Saito, Director, Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences/175
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557
(775) 784-1921, Email