Water Management

A crucial area of global concern

In today’s interconnect world, those who lead for the greater good must possess knowledge in various fields and be able to apply that knowledge where change most often occurs—at the intersection of science, policy, and society. The Water Management concentration addresses water quality, quantity, and disruption. You will gain a mastery of water science, law, policy, economics, and communication. This curriculum will prepared you for success in the dynamic field of water resource management—a field that is growing ever more crucial globally.

How to apply

18STUDENTS FOCUSED ON WATER MANAGEMENT, FALL 2018

1:2FACULTY: STUDENT RATIO

90.4%MPA-MSES PLACEMENT RATE

A strong skill base

Our signature dual degree program combines rigorous scientific training with one of the nation’s best masters programs in policy and management for a powerful and flexible combination of skills—positioning you at the crucial intersection of science, policy, and society. All dual MPA-MSES students must take the core requirements from both the MPA and the MSES degrees program.

Add in-depth knowledge and detail

The concentration is unique in that it allows students to obtain a MPA-MSES concentration specializing in the crucial field of water resources management. In addition to your competencies, you will take three classes (10 credit hours) required of Water Management students. You’ll then choose five elective classes from two different areas; Water Science Electives (Physical Science and Ecology & Management) and Policy and Administration Electives.

Water Management Requirements (10 credit hours)
  • Limnology, 4 credits (E 556)
  • Water Law (R 531) —OR— Water Policy and Economics (R 532)
  • One Physical Science class listed below

Water Science Electives (6 – 9 credit hours)

Physical Science Courses
  • Water Quality Modeling (E 502)
  • Aquatic Chemistry (E 539)
  • Groundwater Flow Modeling (E 555)
  • Fluvial Process and Sediment Transport (GEOL-G 690)*
Ecology & Management Courses
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Management (E 460)
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Management Lab (E 461)
  • Wetlands Ecology and Management (E 540)
  • Lake and Watershed Management (E 545)
  • Stream Ecology (E 546)
  • BMP Design for Healthy Urban Watersheds (E 555)

Policy & Administration Electives (6 – 9 credit hours)

  • Benefit-Cost Analysis (P 541)
  • Water Law (R 531)
  • Environmental Economics and Policy (R 625)
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy (R 643)
  • Environmental Law (R 645)
  • Water Policy and Economics (V 550)
  • Human Behavior and Energy Consumption (X 511/E 501)
  • Water and Society (GEOG-G 553)*

You must work with an adviser when taking courses outside of the O’Neill School.

Gain real-world experience while still in school

You can join the O’Neill Environmental Management & Sustainable Development Association, one of many professional student organizations that offer networking and current information on events in the industry.

Get involved

Learn from faculty with expertise and experience in water management

Vicky J. Meretsky
Professor

meretsky@indiana.edu
(812) 855-4944

  • Landscape-level conservation
  • Conservation under climate change
  • Ecology and management of rare species
  • Integrating ecosystem research and endangered species management within adaptive management

Todd V. Royer
Associate Professor

troyer@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0563

  • Aquatic biogeochemistry
  • Water resources
  • Nutrient and carbon cycling in streams and rivers
  • Water quality and nutrient standards

Adam S. Ward
Associate Professor

adamward@indiana.edu
(812) 856-4820

  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
  • Watershed management
  • Civil engineering
  • Water quality
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George Nishikawa MPA-MSES’17

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE ANALYST’S OFFICE

“The most important thing that I learned did not come from any single class. The sum of my experience has taught me to think logically, critically, and thoughtfully”

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Dana Parkinson, MPA-MSES’17

BURNS & MCDONNELL, ASSISTANT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA

“The deep compassion for others shared by the students defines the culture of the MPA-MSES program. You will take that with you wherever you go.”