Master in Watershed Science

Because of the significant increase in knowledge regarding aquatic ecosystems dynamics, the formulation of management strategies, and the importance of this field of study to future management of our nation's surface water resources, the WSI created the M.S. in Watershed Science degree program. Utilizing each of the three WSI research centers (CSL, HBS, and MARC) the M.S. in Watershed Science is organized as an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a unique approach to watershed science. The program is designed around teaching and research resources of the WSI and will utilize the region's extensive aquatic ecosystems.

The Watershed Studies Institute program in Watershed Science is an interdisciplinary master's program within the College of Science, Engineering and Technology designed to prepare students for careers or for further graduate studies in the broader aspects of watershed management and science. The thesis course of study allows students to concentrate on one of four tracks: Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Hydrological Spatial Analysis, or Watershed Conservation. The non-thesis course of study is designed to fit individual educational goals and may be focused on any aspect of watershed science. All students must complete a core curriculum and advanced courses in their areas of interest. During the first semester, students must work at the Chemical Services Laboratory, the Mid-America Remote sensing Center, or the Hancock Biological Station.

Download a brochure outlining the program.

Requirements for Unconditional Admission

Applicants must meet all Murray State University requirements as stated in the Murray State University Graduate Bulletin. A faculty member must agree to mentor the student. Additional requirements for unconditional admission are as follows: Baccalaureate degree in Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics or closely related field. At least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Composite GRE score of at least 297.

Course Requirements

M.S. Watershed Science Thesis Track Requirements

M.S. Watershed Science Non-Thesis Track Requirements

For more information, contact:

Watershed Studies Institute c/o Hancock Biological Station

Murray State University

561 Emma Drive, Murray, KY 42071

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