Water and Environmental Science (M.S. INDS)


The Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering (CGEE) Department offers an Interdisciplinary master’s degree (INDS) in Water and Environmental Science (WES). After restructuring UAF programs in 2019/2020, the former Water and Environmental Science program was phased out and can now be pursued through Interdisciplinary Studies.

Within the INDS WES master's program, students can choose one of four specialization areas:

  • Hydrology
  • Water Supply and Waste Treatment
  • Environmental Contaminants
  • Environmental Science and Management

Any of these specializations also leave room for elective courses matching the individual interest and research topic of the student. 

How to apply

  1. Check out the Graduate School website for more details on the INDS program.
  2. Contact a CGEE faculty members in order to find an advisor, thesis topic, and funding.
  3. In consultation with a CGEE faculty member, you have to prepare:
    • Statement of Academic Goals
    • Research Prospectus
    • Proposed Graduate Study Plan
  4. Complete all necessary application documents to be submitted to the UAF admissions office in time for your intended begin of studies. 

Progress towards graduate degree

Each student progresses towards their degree at their own pace, however, there are a few mandatory steps that must be accomplished during the progress towards a degree. The following are the main steps in your progress towards the degree.

  1. Selecting a thesis topic
  2. Advisory committee selection
  3. Graduate Study Plan
  4. Comprehensive examination
  5. Thesis preparation
  6. Thesis defense

Other graduate programs

The CGEE department also administers M.S. in Civil Engineering, where concentration areas in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Engineering are offered. While the M.S. in Civil Engineering is primarily designed for students with an engineering background, students with a background in the sciences can also be admitted, but will have to complete additional deficiency courses to be awarded an engineering degree.

Doctoral degrees are offered either through the Ph.D. in Engineering program (for students with background and research interests in the area of engineering) or through the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, which is designed to provide the student with a broad, interdisciplinary base.

About CGEE

The CGEE department is proud of its success in attracting women and other underrepresented groups into the field of environmental engineering and science. The blend of laboratory, classroom and research experience provides a strong, interdisciplinary program, which prepares students to work for consulting firms, industry, academia, or government agencies.

Our graduates are working in environmental decision-making, and engineering design, assessment, and implementation throughout Alaska, the continental United States, Canada, and several foreign countries. Career opportunities for our graduates include hydrology, water supply, treatment and distribution, waste treatment, water and air pollution, solid waste disposal, hazardous and toxic waste management, pollution prevention, environmental impact evaluation, administration of environmental programs, and regulatory compliance.