ME in Water Engineering And Management

University of Colorado Boulder - Graduate Distance Education

Online Boulder, CO Public ACCREDITED

Program at a Glance

Water Resources Engineering Engineering Water Quality And Wastewater Treatment Management And Recycling Technology
Yes 100% online
$835 Per credit hour for tuition
30 credit hours required for graduation
total estimated cost
No transfer credits accepted
No 100% flexible class times
16 weeks average course length
No minimum
min. completion time


Online Master of Science (MS) in Water Engineering and Management (WEMP) at the University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system and is globally recognized for its world-class research and a faculty that includes numerous Nobel Prize laureates. An innovator and leader in the distance education field for more than 45 years, CU Boulder connects students to its campus from anywhere in the world anytime through its distance education delivery platform.

CU Boulder offers both an online master's degree and graduate certificate options in water engineering and management. These programs provide the convenience and flexibility that working professionals and others need to learn new skills, increase their marketability, and achieve their career goals in the water profession.

Master of Science (MS) in Water Engineering and Management program overview

The MS in Water Engineering and Management enables working engineers to develop the skills to lead divisions, initiatives, or teams in the water profession. It is especially relevant for individuals who work for consulting engineers, government and regulatory agencies, and utilities. The program combines technical courses with others concerning communication, financials, governance, leadership, and water and people management. It includes 10 courses (totaling 30 credits) in the following categories:

- 4 Environmental Engineering core courses (12 credits)

- 2 to 3 Water Engineering and Management core courses (6 to 9 credits)

- 0 to 1 Public Affairs elective course (0 to 3 credits)

- 1 to 3 Civil Engineering elective courses (3 to 9 credits)

- 1 Master's Report and Seminar (2 credits)

Students interested in leadership and management have the option of pursuing a dual master's degree combining the MS in Water Engineering and Management with a Master of Engineering (ME) in Engineering Management. This option requires admission to both master's programs. Some course may count toward degree requirements in both programs.

Graduate Certificate in Water Engineering and Management

The Certificate in Water Engineering and Management benefits working professionals and graduate students who want to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the field or prepare to enter the master's program. Nine of the program's 12 credits can be applied toward the Master of Science (MS) degree.

The program's curriculum includes nine credits of required courses and three credits for an elective course. Required courses are as follows:

- "Water Profession: Leadership and Communication"

- "Water Utility Management: Current Issues and Future Challenges"

- "Water Profession: Financials and Management"

Course delivery

All students have automatic access to online course lectures (streaming or downloading) beginning the first day until the last day of the semester. Recorded lectures are uploaded to the portal within 24 hours after the lecture has been taught on campus. Students have the option to participate live from a distance in the real-time classroom experience and/or view the lectures asynchronously as it fits their schedule.

Library Courses, those that have been recorded in previous semesters, are available to take for academic credit with the instructor's approval.

World-class Faculty

Highly skilled faculty members and senior professionals from the organizations listed below develop the water engineering and management curricula and teach classes. This ensures that students receive the most current and relevant information.

- Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder

- School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver

- Executives and senior staff at water utilities across the country

- Professionals at consulting firms and professional organizations

- Members of the American Water Works Association

- Officials at the Water Environmental Federation

The department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering instructors include Professor Richard Kuchenrither who has nearly 35 years of corporate experience in water engineering design, research projects, and studies. He has worked on projects concerning biosolids, water, and wastewater for cities around the world. Professor Kuchenrither is a distinguished author of 50-plus professional textbooks, publications, and technical presentations. He has also given congressional testimony and served on the boards of several organizations including American Academia of Environmental Engineers, the National Biosolids Partnership, Water for People, the Water Environmental Federation, and the Water Environment Research Foundation.

Financial assistance

CU Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for online distance graduate students. These include loans, grants, military and company tuition assistance programs.

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Prerequisites & Transfer Credits

Minimum GPA

Out of 4.0

Standardized Tests


requiredfor admission

Transfer Credits Accepted?


Additional Admission Requirements

TOEFL or IELTS test scores for applicants who did not attend an institution where the native language is English.


Services, Schedule, Reputation, Instructors and Student Info

Services Offered

Online Office Hours
Online Chat
Mobile App
Social Discussion Forums
On-Campus Graduation Ceremony
Digital Textbooks
Online Management of Coursework


100% Online Yes
Minimum Completion Time No minimum
Class Times Both
Average Course Length 16 Weeks


  • School Type:
  • School Accreditation:
    Regional Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
  • Program Accreditation:

Instructors & Students

  • Instructors:
    Teach both online and on-campus
  • Students:
    Students worldwide


Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    $835 per credit hour
  • Required for Completion
    30 credit hours
  • Total Estimated Cost*
*Additional Fees


  • In-State/Province: $1050
  • Out-of-State/Province: $1350
  • International: $1350

Location & Contact

Student Contact

Graduate Distance Education

Head of Distance Learning

Lawrence Stephen Director 303-492-6331
Graduate Distance Education Graduate School - Program Development 1111 Engineering Drive, ECOT 126 Boulder CO 80309-0435


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