- Admission decisions will be based on:
- Alignment with and advocacy from a potential advisor. Prospective students should reach out directly to faculty with relevant research interests to ensure that the faculty member is actively recruiting students and that a relevant research project can be identified.
- Academic preparation. An applicant to the M.S. program is expected to have demonstrated competency in the following college courses: one year each of calculus and chemistry and two semesters of physics and/or biology. In addition, the applicant is expected to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or the biological sciences. Students lacking some background in a particular area may be admitted provided they are prepared to complete courses, without graduate credit, in which they may be deficient.
- Scholarly potential (research, technical, oral communication, and written communication skills, acquired both from academic and non-academic settings).
- Persistence, motivation, and realistic self-appraisal.
- Potential to capitalize on their unique experiences, perspectives or talents to contribute to the scholarly community at UNH.
The demand for skilled geoscientists is expected to grow rapidly in coming years. This degree allows you to specialize in hydrology and will prepare you to meet the public and private sector demand for knowledgeable and analytical professionals with strong scientific communication skills.
Credit Hours: 30-34 | Courses: 9-10 | Program Length: 2 years
Why get a master’s degree in hydrology?
Hydrologists find, manage and conserve the water resources needed by society; facilitate the mitigation of natural disasters; and plan for climate change. The demand for skilled geoscientists in the United States and worldwide is expected to double in coming years. Students with a hydrology M.S. are well equipped for jobs in either the public or private sector that require knowledge of hydrologic fluxes, field and laboratory analytical techniques, quantitative and geospatial data analysis, and scientific communication.
Why choose UNH’s hydrology program?
Hydrology students at UNH gain experimental, numerical and analytical skills in rigorous classes and research projects focused on sites in New England and around the world. The Department of Earth Sciences is one of the key academic centers of UNH’s renowned programs in Earth and environmental sciences, with many students working with faculty in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM), and the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE).
Potential career areas
- Academic research
- City planning
- Computer modeling
- Environmental hazard assessment
- Flood mapping
- Governmental agencies (e.g., EPA, USGS, NOAA)
- Natural resource management
- Remote sensing
- Surveying and cartography
- Water resource management