48 months
33600 USD/year
33600 USD/year
13400 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Hydrology program from University of Arizona is designed for students with interests in the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the hydrologic cycle, as well as water resources systems, environmental studies, or water policy and the social sciences related to water resources. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


Key Features

Students of the Hydrology program from University of Arizona may concentrate in one or a combination of these fields but should acquire fundamental proficiency in all aspects of hydrology and water resources. Research-based doctoral study programs are individually planned to meet the student's special interests and professional objectives.

Doctoral applicants should have completed a Master of Science degree with a major in hydrology, water resources, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, or a related field. (Holders of a Bachelor’s degree cannot enter the Ph.D. program directly.)

All doctoral students are expected to have or acquire capability for basic coding/computer programming (e.g., Python, MATLAB, Fortran, C++). Students must also complete a field methods-field synthesis course sequence (begins in the spring semester and ends in the presession summer session). Students develop professional communication skills through enrollment in the department's weekly colloquium (weekly seminar series), typically during the first year of academic residency, and by making two formal presentations (minimum one oral presentation) of their own dissertation research at approved regional or national conferences near the end of their academic residency.

Doctoral students may complete fundamental core courses in hydrology and water resources, but no specific core courses are required. Inclusion of core coursework in the Doctoral Plan of Study is dependent on a student's educational and professional experience. Where gaps exist in background knowledge of relevant subject matter, a student may be required to take fundamental coursework during their first year in academic residence and prior to the Doctoral Oral Qualifying Examination (details below). After all coursework has been completed, a Comprehensive Examination process (written and oral components) is begun, typically by the end of the third year in residence. A research-based Doctoral Dissertation manuscript is required; the Doctoral Dissertation Publication format option is also available.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Water Quality 
  • Subsurface Hydrology 
  • Surface Hydrology 
  • Fundamentals: Systems Approach to Hydrologic Modeling 
  • Subsurface Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical Methods of Subsurface Hydrology
  • Vadose Zone Hydrology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


63 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
155 (quantitative)
4.5 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose or Research Interests
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Request three Letters of Recommendation (instructions provided)
  • Unofficial copies of Transcripts and Grading Keys for all colleges and universities attended
  • Unofficial copies of all Diploma Certificates received
  • International Students: Please provide original language and English translations for your transcript and dipoma documents.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    33600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13400 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Tucson

830 - 1140 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

The University of Arizona


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!