Water Resources Graduate Program

Water resources play a crucial role in fueling economic growth, fostering development, and promoting the overall health and well-being of Oregon's citizens.

Oregon State University stands as the state's premier institution for cultivating skilled water professionals, boasting a diverse faculty and a comprehensive array of courses.

The Water Resources Graduate Program at Oregon State University is designed as an interdisciplinary initiative, deliberately embracing perspectives and collaboration from various fields. Our esteemed graduate faculty hail from over fourteen departments and programs spanning eight different colleges, including Agriculture, Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Engineering; Forestry; Public Health and Human Sciences; Liberal Arts; Science; and Business.

Drawing inspiration from the National Academies' definition of interdisciplinary research, we characterize interdisciplinary education within our Water Resources Graduate Programs as a dynamic approach to teaching and learning. This approach incorporates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and theories from multiple disciplines. In the context of water resources, interdisciplinary education entails the integration of STEM-related fields, such as hydrology, technology, engineering, geology, mathematics, with humanities disciplines like public policy, sociology, anthropology, and more.

Reference: National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. (2005). Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11153.

WRGP Statement of Commitment to Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community

We are a community of faculty, students, staff, and alumni engaged in water resource education, research, and outreach at Oregon State University. Our community includes those native to the USA, many of whom are descendants of immigrants, and many who are international scholars or recent immigrants. We are committed to promoting respect, courtesy, and human dignity in our daily professional interactions to create an inclusive environment in the Water Resources Graduate Program.

We value diversity and honor the contributions made to our community by people from diverse disciplines, countries, cultures and identities. We value the free and respectful exchange of ideas and collaborations with those from other disciplines and perspectives, with our colleagues from within the USA and from other countries.

We strive to build a diverse and inclusive environment that honors and respects the contributions and knowledge of all, not only because we believe that doing so will best prepare us to meet future challenges in understanding and sustainably managing the world’s water resources, but also because we believe we have a moral and ethical responsibility to do so.