Welcome!  We are glad that you chose Water Resources Graduate Program for your MS and/or PhD.
  • Handbooks.  On this website, under Degree Programs, you will find the Student Handbook and checklists for each degree emphasis. 
  • Graduate School.  Please also review the Graduate School's website. There are several tasks that must be completed, as well as forms to fill out at the University level, in order for you to graduate.  This website is your best guide to stay on track.
  • Graduate Learning Outcome.  As you plan to write your thesis/defense, when it is time to defend, faculty uses a series of questions as a quantifiable way to measure performance and outcome of your work.  This is the Graduate Learning Outcome  Rubric that they will use.
  • How to fund your degree.  Funding is always tight as a graduate.  Check out the Graduate School's website fellowships & scholarships and other ways to fund your degree.

If you need help, additional information, assistance, or guidance, reach out to your academic advisor, WRGP's administrative assistant Catherine Mullins, or to the department head, Steve Good. 

Forms.  All Graduate School forms that you will need can be found here.

1.  The Program of Study is due before you complete 18 credits.  These training videos will help!

2. Everything you need to know about preparing for your thesis/dissertation defense can be found here.

3. Late Add/Drop form (if you missed the deadline to sign up electronically).

4. Leave Information and Forms.  Do you need to take a term or two off to take care of personal/health reasons? 


Students and their major advisor's need to communicate goals and progress with each other, then provide this information on to the department for assessment. 

Please do this by or before June 30th each year you are here at

By now, the goal is in sight!

It is mandatory to let the WRGP and your advising department know that you will be defending. 

Let us know at least two weeks in advance ~~ but a month is recommended. 

This will also allow us enough time to schedule a room as well as promote your defense. 

The request form can be found here: Defense Information Request for WRGP.

Room Reservations:

Do to staffing shortage, we do ask that students attempt to find a room on their own first.  We will step in and assist if you are unsuccessful or have a particular room in mind.

If you intend on meeting in person: please make sure you choose a room with Zoom capabilities, so that your defense can be seen by anyone who can't attend.

Here are several locations that you can choose from!

Preparing Your Zoom Defense

Link on Current Graduate Student page under Essential Info for Grad Students.

Zoom Setup Virtual Meetings

** Have an upcoming dissertation defense that is now being held remotely? Want folks to tune in and cheer you on? Add your info below and share with others!.

Please provide your instructor with one of the following forms and ask that they fill it out and return it to WRGP.


Graduate Learning Outcome form- Rubric


Congratulations to all successful candidates! What happens next?

  1. One of the faculty members will need to provide the WRGP office with a copy of the Graduate Learning Outcome form for our records.

  2. Make sure all of the documents needed for the Graduate School have been completed.  One of the most common documents forgotten is the ETD submission approval form.

  3. Please complete the exit survey;

  4. If you have keys to an office or lab, you will need to clean up your area and return them to the department that advised you; and

  5. We hope that you will join our alumni listserv.  We would like to keep in touch and hear about all your future success, both professionally and personally.