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Water Resources Engineering Graduate Certificate

Why this certificate?

The Water Resources Engineering graduate certificate, offered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is available to both degree and non-degree-seeking students who are interested in continuing their education but may not be ready to commit to a master's degree program. The program is structured to advance the working engineer’s knowledge and skills in the rapidly changing field of Water Resources Engineering, which deals with hydraulic and hydrologic studies and consists of a vast field that focuses on water resources, its applications in human activities and its interactions with the environment.

You are eligible to apply if...

  • Those who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent on or related to civil engineering from an institution of recognized standing (exceptions may be approved if the student has the background needed to succeed in the graduate engineering courses) are eligible.
  • There is no GRE requirement.
  • GPA of 2.75/4.0 or higher for a bachelor's degree program on or related to civil engineering. Students who do not meet the 2.75/4.0 GPA criterion may still be eligible to enroll if they have significant engineering experience outside of the classroom.

To complete the program you must...

  • The program requires students to take two required and two elective graduate courses (12 credit hours) from the following:
    • CIVL 6110/6116 Open Channel Hydraulics (3) (Required)

    • CIVL 6120/6126 Hydrologic Analysis and Modeling (3) (Required)

    • CIVL 6130/6136 Hydraulic Design of Pressurized Systems (3)

    • CIVL 6150/6156 Groundwater Hydraulics (3)

    • CIVL 6160/6166 Stormwater Management and Modeling (3)

    • CIVL 6260/6266 Surface Water Quality Modeling (3)

    • CIVL 6970/6976 Water Resources Engineering Special Topics (3)

    • CIVL 7970/7976 Special Topics in Water Resources Engineering (3) (e.g., Numerical Modeling of Free Surface Flows)

  • All courses with the last digit as "0" are for the on-campus students to register and with the last digit as "6" for the online or distance students to register.
  • CIVL 6970/6976 and CIVL 7970/7976 will be replaced by a specific title when they are offered. Only special topic courses in water resources engineering can be counted toward this certificate program.
  • Some of the elective courses are available for more than one certificate program, but the same course cannot be counted for more than one civil engineering graduate certificate.

What can you expect?

  • After completion of this certificate program, students will be able to:
    • Apply advanced concepts and principles related to water resources engineering.
    • Analyze information presented in the scientific literature related to water resources engineering.
    • Formulate effective and persuasive communication to technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • If a student chooses to pursue a master's degree, all academic credits earned from the certificate may be applied toward the graduate degree.

Applying for the Water Resources Engineering Graduate Certificate

  • You can apply for it by filling out the online graduate application at (you will be required to create an account) and selecting “Certificate/Graduate-Water Resources Engineering.”
  • For additional questions, contact Xing Fang, water resources certificate coordinator in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.