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Online Master of Environmental Science in Hydrology & Water Security from OU Online

21+ MONTHS

11 COURSES

30 HOURS

$985/CH

Stay Ahead of the Curve

The online Master of Environmental Science in Hydrology and Water Security is a 30-credit-hour program created through an innovative partnership between the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science in the Gallogly College of Engineering, the School of Meteorology, and the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. This unique, interdisciplinary program offers a core curriculum and three tracks – Water Management, Water Quality, and Water Quantity.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

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Benefits of the Hydrology and
Water Security Master's Degree

Faculty Expertise

Faculty are comprised of experts spanning two colleges and three departments. Students engage in a multidisciplinary hydrologic experience that provides a unique perspective for industry professionals that cannot be found in other graduate programs.

Strong Career Growth

Water is globally recognized as one of the most valued natural resources, so employers seek professionals with the knowledge and expertise to lead innovations in emerging water-based industries.

Flexible Format

Learn in a flexible online program designed for working professionals. You’ll engage in online discussions with professors and fellow students while gaining skills necessary for modern business environments.

80%

OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation

60%+

OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more

78%

OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field

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Pursue Your 
Hydrology and Water Security
Master's Degree

Take the next step in your career with a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for fall, spring, and summer sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

The online Master of Environmental Science: Hydrology & Water Security is a 30-credit-hour program designed to be completed in 21 months while working full-time. This unique, interdisciplinary program offers a core curriculum and three tracks – Water Management, Water Quality, and Water Quantity — each with individual requirements.

  •  Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Hydrometeorology 
  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Water Security
  • Water Law
  • Hydroclimatology

The Water Management specialization offers a practical degree for those working with water across multiple industries – and includes courses related to water's impact on business and society.

Water Management Track Courses:

  • Fundamental Hydrology
  • Water Economics
  • Water Reuse
  • Social Science Aspects of Hazards

Track Prerequisites:

  • B.S. or B.A. degree relevant to hydrology
  • Coursework (C or higher) in the following areas:
    • College Algebra
    • Biological or Physical Science course

The Water Quality track offers a quantitative degree in the fate and transport of water quality constituents as they move through the hydrologic cycle for those working in environmental quality, waste load allocation, water reuse, and geo-environmental/health impacts.

Water Quality Track Courses:

  • Hydrology
  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Management
  • Health Impact and Water Reuse
  • Water Quality Modeling

Track Prerequisites:

  • B.S. in a STEM major
  • Coursework (C or higher) in the following areas:
    • Calculus I
    • Calculus II
    • Chemistry I
    • Chemistry II
    • Physics (calculus-based)
    • Biological or Physical Science course

The Water Quantity specialization offers additional technical background interested in predicting water availability and movement at various scales.

Water Quantity Track Courses:

  • Hydrology
  • Water Resources Management
  • Groundwater and Seepage
  • Quantitative Hydrometeorology

Track Prerequisites:

  • B.S. in a STEM major
  • Coursework (C or higher) in the following areas:
    • Calculus I
    • Calculus II
    • Chemistry
    • Physics (calculus-based)
    • Biological or Physical Science course

Admission to the online Master of Environmental Science in Hydrology and Water Security is selective. Those interested in the program should have a competitive undergraduate GPA and a robust Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score. However, GRE waivers may be available for those with advanced work in the United States.

Additional admissions factors may include the following: work or service experience, demonstrated leadership potential, exceptional talents or skills, trends or improvement in academic performance, and undergraduate school performance.

To apply, students must:

  • Complete the online application at https://gograd.ou.edu/apply/
  • Submit a current resume
  • Provide official college transcripts from all institutions
  • Submit a personal statement on your career goals and reasons for applying to the program
  • International applicants are required to submit Official TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Official GRE scores are optional and not required for admission

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form below, and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

Graduate tuition waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs. OU Online programs qualify for the OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver & Fee Exemption, and we encourage you to check your eligibility.  

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If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please get in touch with the Online Aid office by emailing onlineaid@ou.edu or calling 405-325-2929.

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Same Academic
Excellence

 

Like every OU Online program, the Master of Environmental Science in Hydrology and Water Security is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.  

An Investment in Your Future

Earning a Master of Environmental Science in Hydrology and Water Security degree from OU Online gives you the skills to succeed in a growing and evolving field. It also gives you access to career support and an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community. Stand out where the industry is moving while enjoying the potential for higher pay, career advancement, and new opportunities.

Tuition and fees for the program are $29,550 ($985 per credit hour). Books and additional materials are not included. 

Once accepted into the program, students must submit a $350 nonrefundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class. There is no application fee for this degree.


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Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

Our OU Family

When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.

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