Water Resources

Degree: Cert Programs

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The establishment of a Graduate Water Resources Certificate Program is intended to provide incentives and structure for graduate students in water-related fields. While earning a graduate degree in a specific discipline related to water resources, students who sign up for the Graduate Water Resources Certificate will acquire an improved understanding of the biophysical, social, and institutional aspects of terrestrial and aquatic systems.


Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
180 Green St
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706/542-2686

Academic Department

Athens, GA
Phone: 706/


Graduate Coordinator

Jenny Yearwood


There are over 100 faculty across the UGA campus in nineteen academic units who teach, conduct research, or otherwise have an interest in the field of water resources. We use a broad definition of water resources that includes hydrology, water quality, limnology, aquatic ecology, bioremediation, biofiltration, and wetland and stream rehabilitation, water economics, law and policy. Meeting these pressing water resource challenges requires trained professionals with skills in management, economics, hydraulics, and water quality. The objective of the Graduate Certificate Program is to better utilize existing resources so that an integrated approach to water resources can be achieved. This greater knowledge base and enhanced skill set will strengthen graduatesí credentials for professional employment and enable greater multidisciplinary communication among future water resource professionals.
The Graduate Water Resources Certificate will be granted in addition to (and upon completion of) an MS or a PhD from a studentís home department.

The Graduate Water Resources Certificate Program requires students to complete 18 credit hours, including three credit hours from each of six categories as outlined in the Graduate Class List webpage. A class not on the approved list may be substituted upon approval by the Water Resources Certificate Program Director.

The certificate program is expected to add no more than one semester to most studentsí programs because most students will be required to take some of these classes for their primary degree requirements. These classes have been selected to provide a broad base in the physical, biological, economic, and social components of water resources issues and problems.



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