One-Year Master of Science in Hydrogeology

A New Model for Student-Centered Master's Education

What Makes the UArizona Master's Different?

  • The program is 1-year in duration, including completion of an in-person research project, and limited to 25 students.
  • All members of a class take the same courses which are taught by world-renowned members of the faculty.
  • Courses are project-based, giving students critical experience working with real-world data in small groups.
  • Courses are horizontally-integrated: Assignments and projects span multiple courses, and the program is designed as a coherent, well-organized experience.
  • Course content is multidisciplinary combining physical and chemical hydrogeologic theory with hands-on measurement, cutting-edge analysis, and professional communication.
  • The program is professionally-aligned, and the curriculum was designed in conversation with practicing hydrogeologists. Students will have regular, direct contact with professionals beyond academia.
  • The Tucson Lifestyle!

Why study hydrogeology? Because water powers life!

How to Apply

  • Minimal prerequisites
  • Online supplementary material available to prepare any student with an undergraduate degree in science or engineering
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  • Contact P.A. Ty Ferré, Professor & 2016 Darcy Lecturer @

About the Program

  • Classes begin in Fall semester with a week-long road trip through Arizona, Nevada, and California to see water in the landscape, build community, and visit groundwater professionals at work
  • Five required courses are taken in Fall and Spring semesters: Physical Hydrogeology, Chemical Hydrogeology, Analysis Methods, Measurement Methods, and Communication
  • Designed to teach fundamentals in an applied context
  • Organized around month-long projects to integrate learning across the five topics
  • Complete an independent research project in May

Professional Alignment

  • Check back to to learn about industry-aligned projects and professional development events
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Meet Your Instructors

Physical Hydrogeology
Chemical Hydrogeology
Analysis Tools
Measurement Methods
Visiting Professionals

A rotation of visiting professionals will complement the permanent faculty.