Program Overview

California State University in Fresno offers an innovative online degree program, the Master of Science in Water Resource Management degree. This program may be completed entirely through a virtual classroom, allowing students the flexibility to earn a degree to pursue advanced career opportunities. 

The program reiterates the importance of a nation’s water supply far beyond the agricultural valleys of California. Water is a sparse element in many countries as well as in many parts of the United States. Students seeking to fulfill personal or professional aspirations in alleviating water shortages or creating sanitary filtration processes may be best suited for this Masters program. 

The Master of Science degree in Water Resource Management was developed to meet the demand for advanced individuals capable of applying learned concepts and previous experiences when addressing water resources in urban, industrial, and agricultural environments. The requirement of students to have a comprehensive understanding of GIS will be demonstrated in the programs use of databases, to describe water availability, use, and reclamation. Students should also acquire an enhanced understanding of the physical processes of water delivery and storage along with the management of these water resources.

Some of the courses in which students will participate include Geospatial Technologies, Climatology, and Water Economics. Graduates should be able to apply the learned skills when seeking advanced positions managing and creating sustainable frameworks for water resources. Other students may continue their educational pursuits at a Doctorate level to solidify careers or to obtain teaching positions in the critical subject matter of water resource management.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    All candidates interested shall meet the university admission requirements, including the following criteria. Applicants must:

    Already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 units completed and show proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

    School Overview

    California State University, Fresno began as a normal school for teachers in 1911. The first commencement, held in 1912, conferred degrees to 31 women and just two men. In 1961, Fresno State joined the California State University system, and adopted the current name in 1972. The University continues growing, and most recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Today, Fresno State offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.

    Fresno State houses eight schools and colleges, giving students a vast array of degree options. The Division of Continuing and Global Education at Fresno State incorporates diverse learning environments, including credit and non-credit coursework delivered via workshops, on weekends, and online.


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