Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Water Resources

The Water Resources Graduate Program offers a Ph.D. degree in Water Resources that is in response to the national dire needs of developing its water resources. The program also aims at preparing specialists capable of providing leadership and necessary technical expertise to governmental and private sectors in different areas of water resources. These include surface and ground water resources, irrigation, treatment, desalination, in addition to management of water resources and demands. The offered program is interdisciplinary and accepts students with backgrounds in Engineering, Science, and Agriculture. The Ph.D degree in Water Resources requires successful completion of a minimum of 25 credit hours of graduate coursework and 30 credit hours in research in addition to passing comprehensive, prospectus, and final exams.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 55 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (Group 1: Both of the following two courses:) (10.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MECH710Research Methodologies3.000
CHME755Graduate PhD Seminar1.000

(Group 2: Any 6 credits of the following courses:) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ELEC620Analytical Techniques in Engineering3.000
ELEC600Numerical Methods in Engineering3.000
STAT615Design/Analysis of Experiments3.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
WATR632Directed Studies in Water Resources1.000 - 3.000
WATR735Advanced Topics in Water Resources I3.000
WATR736Advanced Topics in Water Resources II3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any two elective courses from Water Resources or other programs) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
WATR800Comprehensive Exam0.000
WATR810Prospectus Exam0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
WATR900Dissertation Doctoral Research0.000 - 30.000
WATR910Dissertation Defense0.000