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NMSU ACES Weclome Home, Aggies Street Festival - September 2017

WSM students participated in the NMSU ACES street festival to help welcome students back to campus for fall semester.

WSM students are encouraged to present posters at conferences

Yining Bai, a WSM PhD student, presented her research during the poster session at the 62nd Annual New Mexico Water Conference in Socorro, New Mexico on August 16, 2017.

WSM faculty and students

Dr. Frank Ward standing with two WSM PhD students at the fall 2017 semester kickoff event

Fall 2017 semester kickoff event

WSM students and faculty came together to kick off the fall 2017 semester.

Water Science & Management Graduate Program and NM Water Resources Research Institute Retreat

The WSM Program and NM WRRI held a retreat in Mescalero, NM on April 2016. The groups discussed organizational goals, assessment of research and programs, and worked to build camaraderie.

Fall 2016 Meet & Greet Mixer

The Water Science & Management Program held its annual Fall "Meet & Greet Mixer" at the Stan Fulton Center's 3rd Floor Bistro. The event welcomed students and facutly back to campus, and introduced new students to the program.

The NMSU Watershed Group and the Water Science & Management Graduate Student Organization

Members of the Watershed Management Group and the Water Science & Management Graduate Student Organization held one of its fall 2016 semester meetings at Knox Hall in the College of ACES.

NMSU Water Science & Management Students

WSM students attended the annual graduation reception and program spring meeting at the Corbett Center Student Union on April 28, 2016.


WSM students attended the FFA BBQ Fest on April 8, 2016 to assist with outreach and games for hundreds of prospective NMSU students. The event was sponsored by the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences.

Stucky Hall - Home to the Water Science & Management Graduate Program

The WSM program is housed in Stucky Hall. Stucky Hall is also home to the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI).

Ag day at NMSU

WSM students volunteered at NMSU's Ag day.

2015 WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas, NV

Water Science & Management PhD graduate, Dina Salman (Iraq), presented a poster on her research on food security in Afghanistan.

2015 Agriculture Day at New Mexico State University

WSM students participated in Agriculture Day sponsored by the NMDA and NMSU. The WSM Graduate Student Organization represented their research, handed out candy, and hung out with Pistol Pete.

Organ Mountains

The Organ Mountains lend their unique type of beauty to the Las Cruces area.

Doctor of Philosophy in Water Science & Management

This degree program will train researchers to meet current and emerging water challenges, including:

  • Improved agricultural water use efficiency
  • The need to reduce aquifer vulnerability
  • Improved watershed management for community water supplies
  • Affordable urban and agricultural conservation measures
  • Increased economic development from use of abundant brackish groundwater
  • Greater flexibility for adapting water use patterns to drought and climate change

Five fields of study offered in the program are:

  • Agricultural water resources
  • Watershed, riparian, and aquatic systems
  • Water quality and treatment
  • Water economics and policy
  • Water informatics

International students are encouraged to apply.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Water Science and Management include all general requirements for a graduate degree as set forth in the NMSU Catalog, plus the following:

  • Possession of a master's degree from an accredited university with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    However, students with grade point averages between 3.0 and 3.5 will be given consideration. This degree being preparatory to 
    the Water Science and Management doctorate.
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted directly from persons who know the applicant professionally, including a recommendation from the candidate's current employer/sponsor. These letters should provide evidence of professional ability, research experience, and the potential for professional development.
  • In addition, applicants to the Ph.D. program should provide evidence of capacity for research. This could include a master's thesis,
    a professional paper, peer reviewed manuscripts, consulting reports, or other evidence of capacity to conduct research.
  • A letter of intent or statement of purpose that addresses individual professional and personal goals related to water science and management and discusses how these goals fit within the degree programs at NMSU. It is expected that the candidate will have made contact with prospective advisor(s) at NMSU and speak to how he or she would work with said advisor(s) to advance their research and study.
  • A brief resume or curriculum vitae not to exceed five pages that summarize the candidate's background and qualifications.

Required Courses

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Water Science and Management degree is designed to give students a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of water science and hydrology and training in methods of research. The Ph.D. degree can be earned in about 30-40 credits of formal course work beyond the Masters Degree, plus additional dissertation research credits, for a minimum total of 75 credits beyond the B.S. degree, as detailed below:

  • AEEC 575 - Advanced Water Resource Management and Policy (3 credits)
  • RGSC 518 - Watershed Methods and Management, OR SOIL 456 Irrigation and Drainage (3 credits)
  • CE 557 - Water Resources Development (3 credits)
  • GEOG 578 - Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (4 credits) OR GEOG 521 - GIS Applications (3 credits)
  • A ST 505 - Statistical Inference I OR C E 582 - Statistical Hydrology (3-4 credits)
  • Seminar - Two different departments (2 credits)
  • Electives- from designated water list for the relevant field of study (10 credits)
  • Free electives - in consultation with the student's committee (5 credits)
  • Dissertation - (18 credits)