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Water Resources Science M.S.

Program Type: 
Master of Science

Study water systems on the shores of the world's largest freshwater lake. As a WRS student in Duluth, you'll work with faculty from Large Lakes Observatory, Natural Resources Research Institute and Minnesota Sea Grant. Through hands-on work, you'll grow to understand aquatic ecosystems and their social dimensions. Learn about the public policy and legal frameworks of protecting water resources.

Based on the shores of Lake Superior, the University of Minnesota- Duluth is home to outstanding water research facilities such as the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) and the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). With approximately 11,000 students, the Duluth campus provides an alternative to both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges for many students.

Career Possibilities

To find out what our recent graduates are doing, see the Career and Internship Services Report:  Follow-up of Majors


In addition to the general application instructions provided by the Graduate School, visit the WRS program page for specific application instructions and deadlines related to the program. Also visit the catalog requirements page linked above for additional information.

Graduate Report

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data & Employers

Here's a sampling of positions Water Resources grads have attained six months to one year after graduation.

Water Resource Scientist - Short Elliot Hendrickson, St. Paul, MN
Ecological Technician - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Stormwater Research Coordinator - University of Minnesota Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute, Duluth, MN
Organic Chemistry Researcher - University of Minnesota Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute, Duluth, MN
GEO Blue Planet Policy Fellow - United States National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Knauss Marine Policy Followship, College Park, MD