Admissions Information

Thank you for your interest in the Water Resources Science (WRS) graduate program!  

The admission process is a holistic review of your entire complete application.  All application materials, including transcripts, must be submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system.  We admit graduate students for fall semester. Occasionally, applicants are considered for spring semester.

Note: There is only one application to Water Resources Science, no matter which campus (Twin Cities or Duluth) you wish to attend.

Faculty Advisers

Individual faculty make the final selection of their graduate students.  Therefore, we strongly encourage you to communicate directly, prior to applying, with faculty members whose research interests match your own.  Admission is based on the quality of an individual’s application, and the successful placement with a faculty adviser. This means that a very strong applicant could be denied admission simply because there is not a match with a faculty adviser who has an opening for a new graduate student. Some faculty may be agreeable to advise an unfunded student. 

Note: Make sure to indicate your preferred faculty adviser in your Personal Statement (see below).

Required Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a physical, chemical, biological, or environmental science or engineering program preferred
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE scores are required, but there is no program minimum
    • When taking the GRE use institutional code R6874 (no department code needed)
  • Students who speak English as a second language are required to submit scores from one of the following proficiency exams:
    • TOEFL – minimums: 550 paper based or 79 internet based
    • IELTS – minimum: 6.5
    • MELAB – minimum: 80

Recommended Experience

  • At least two courses each in calculus, chemistry, and physics, and at least one course in the biological sciences.
  • Some experience or background in statistics.
  • Stronger preparation in certain subjects as required for the student's area of research. For example, students wishing to focus on quantitative hydrology should have a math background that includes differential equations.

The academic background of entering students are reviewed by a faculty admissions committee and the Directors of Graduate Studies, who may recommend additional coursework for students deemed admissible, but having deficiencies in specific subjects. Students who do not have a master's degree in a related subject are admitted to the M.S. program first, even if their long-term goal is a Ph.D. degree.

Application Process and Materials

All application materials must be submitted directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system.  A complete application includes ALL of the following.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Materials: Where to submit: How to submit:

Application

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Required fields:

  • Personal Information
  • Application Information
  • Educational Background
  • Languages
  • Awards & Activities
  • Employment/Residence Information
  • Financial Support
  • Applicant Statements #1 (Personal Statement), Applicant Statement #2 (Diversity Statement), and recommendations.

Statements:

    • Personal Statement- 2 pages
    • In your Personal Statement, include your general and specific research interests, career goals, faculty you are interested in working with, and identify faculty you have been in contact with.
    • Diversity Statement- 1-2 pages


Click here to access the online application instructions.

Application Fee

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Click here for more information about fees.

Transcripts

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Students are required to submit unofficial academic transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges or universities. This may include any transfer coursework from other institutions. Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application.

International students should upload a translated version in English. If the transcript is not in English, W.E.S (World Education Services), offers this service. 

Please do not mail paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for the initial review.

If you are admitted, the Graduate School will then request official copies of this material.

GRE Scores

Electronically via ApplyYourself

When taking the GRE exam by computer, use code 6874 for the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

No department code is needed.

Our program does not require any GRE Subject Tests. 

Click here for more information about the GRE.

3 Letters of
Recommendation

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable. Paper copies are not accepted.

Recommenders should address the following points:

  • Your academic aptitude and past record;
  • The capacity in which they know you -- as teacher, research advisor, work supervisor, etc.
  • Their prognosis for your ability to succeed in graduate-level coursework and research.

Recommender information is added electronically to your application. They will be notified via email to complete and upload their recommendation, after you submit your completed application. You may at any time enter your application and send them an automated reminder email.  

Resume or CV

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Consider listing the following items on your Resume or CV:

  • Research projects
  • Teaching positions you have held
  • Past employment
  • Leaderships roles on your previous campus (sports, clubs, committees)
  • Courses you have taught and their level
  • Publications, reports, presentations, and relevant awards or honors
  • Volunteering or community engagement

Additional Information for WRS Assistantships

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Click here to complete Additional Information for Water Resources Assistantships form.docx and upload it to the Graduate Program Additional Application in the Program Supplementary Information section in ApplyYourself.

Note: This form assists with the determination of some areas of financial support and adviser placement. You may upload this to your application. 

English Language test scores
(TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)
Electronically via ApplyYourself

Click here for more information about TOEFL Scores.

WRS does not require document uploads for the Writing Sample, Description of Research/Work Experience, or Other Credentials.

Priority Deadline

December 15th is the priority deadline for full financial consideration for the following fall semester.

Contact

If you have any additional questions, please contact:

Tracy Fallon, WRS Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (612) 624-7456
E-mail: wrs@umn.edu