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Soil, Water and Environmental Science Accelerated Master's Program (MS)

Degree or Minor: 
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Graduate Degree
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Agriculture & Life Sciences
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Soil, Water and Environmental Science (MS) - Accelerated Master's Program  

Program Description

Undergraduate students interested in the AMP in SWES should apply for admission before their senior or final year of undergraduate studies.  The UA Graduate College allows for up to twelve units to be shared between the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree.  Shared units are carefully selected from core coursework from each degree program in order to minimize the necessity for redundant coursework.  The M.S degree in Soil, Water and Environmental Science offers two tracks of coursework, "Environmental Science" or "Soil and Water Science". 

The SWES department strongly supports attendance at professional meetings. Student presentations at meetings and student publications are likewise encouraged. Numerous workshops on topics ranging from the Internet to scientific writing are regularly available.

In addition to graduate student-sponsored activities, various departmental events, such as departmental picnics and weekly seminars, provide students with opportunities to meet and socialize with colleagues.

Students earning the M.S. degree in SWES are well prepared for careers in business and industry, governmental agencies, educational institutions, and private consulting firms.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Soil, Water, & Environmental Sciences -

The Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science (SWES) brings together a faculty of outstanding scientists, distinguished by their understanding of soil, water, and the environment, and their ability to carry out research and planning towards the solution of environmental and resource use problems.  The department offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Soil, Water and Environmental Science, with focal areas in either Environmental Science, or Soil and Water Science.  Also offered are an accelerated Master of Science degree in Soil, Water and Environmental Science, dual Master of Science degrees in Journalism and Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and in Business Administration and Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture. 

Graduate study in the SWES Department is open to students with undergraduate preparation in biological, chemical, physical, earth, or engineering sciences. Students with other backgrounds may be accepted into the program, with course deficiencies noted. Approximately 60 graduate students and 200 undergraduate students are continuously enrolled in the department.

Students with a graduate degree from the SWES Department are highly employable, pursuing careers in academia, the public sector (e.g., consulting), with state, federal and international agencies (USDA, USGS, USFC, NASA, FAO, etc.), and NGOs.