Master of Science in Water Resources

The Water Resources Graduate Program (WRGP) offers Master of Science "M.Sc" and Doctoral "PhD" degrees addressing all areas of Water. The program commenced in September 1999 as an interdisciplinary graduate program with only M.Sc degree followed by the PhD degree in 2010. Three colleges from the university contribute to the program, namely, College of Engineering, College of Science, and College of Food Science & Agriculture. The program covers various aspects related to water resources assessment, development, protection, simulation and management. Recent desalination and treatment technologies and wastewater recycling are also covered. The participation of three different university colleges in the program conforms to the multidisciplinary nature of the water resources science and engineering and allows the program to utilize experts from different fields who can bring deep knowledge and emphasize on practical applications.

Program Objectives

  • Educate and train graduate students to become competent in relevant issues of water resources.
  • Allow the program graduates, who may already be working in related institutions, to provide leadership and technical assistance to their institutions on water-resource related issues in accordance with the national needs.
  • Enrich and strengthen cooperation and scientific research in the field of water resources on national, regional, and international levels.
  • Motivate students to be easily engaged in life-learning experience in various areas related to Water Resources.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Gain comprehensive knowledge on Water Resources Assessment, Development and Management with specific reference to arid regions conditions
  • Acquire skills to address contemporary issues related to Water Resources and understand their social and economic impacts.
  • Develop skills of utilizing modern assessment and prediction tools related to water resources including field tests and computer software.
  • Communicate effectively and produce professional reports related to various disciplines of Water Resources.
  • Apply basic concepts in management, public policy and leadership in various areas of water resources.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 33 hours

Water Resouces

Required Courses - 15 CH for thesis and 18 for non-thesis (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours
WATR602Water Resources Management3.000
WATR603Surface & Subsurface Hydrology3.000
WATR606Water Quality3.000
WATR608Graduate Seminar0.000
WATR618Introduction to Water Desalination3.000
WATR695Technical Project3.000
STAT615Design/Analysis of Experiments3.000

Elective Courses - 9 CH for thesis and 15 for non-thesis (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CIVL602Environmental Impact Assessment Principles & Applications3.000
WATR601Fluid Mechanics for Non Eng.3.000
WATR611Hydraulics of Closed Conduits3.000
WATR614Advanced Hydrogeophysics3.000 - 3.000
WATR615Groundwater Modeling3.000
WATR616Advanced Hydrochemistry3.000
WATR617Water and Wastewater Treatment3.000 - 3.000
WATR620Membrane Desalination3.000
WATR622Coastal Hydrodynamics3.000
WATR631Special Topics in Water Resources3.000
WATR632Directed Studies in Water Resources1.000 - 3.000



Required Course (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
WATR640Research Thesis0.000 - 6.000