The University of Georgia

Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The establishment of a Graduate Water Resources Certificate Program is intended to provide incentives and structure for graduate students in water-related fields. While earning a graduate degree in a specific discipline related to water resources, students who sign up for the Graduate Water Resources Certificate will acquire an improved understanding of the biophysical, social, and institutional aspects of terrestrial and aquatic systems.

There are over 100 faculty across the UGA campus in nineteen academic units who teach, conduct research, or otherwise have an interest in the field of water resources. We use a broad definition of water resources that includes hydrology, water quality, limnology, aquatic ecology, bioremediation, biofiltration, and wetland and stream rehabilitation, water economics, law and policy. Meeting these pressing water resource challenges requires trained professionals with skills in management, economics, hydraulics, and water quality. The objective of the Graduate Certificate Program is to better utilize existing resources so that an integrated approach to water resources can be achieved. This greater knowledge base and enhanced skill set will strengthen graduates’ credentials for professional employment and enable greater multidisciplinary communication among future water resource professionals.

Certificate Requirements:

The Graduate Water Resources Certificate will be granted in addition to (and upon completion of) an MS or a PhD from a student’s home department.

The Graduate Water Resources Certificate Program requires students to complete 18 credit hours, including three credit hours from each of six categories as outlined in the Graduate Class List webpage. A class not on the approved list may be substituted upon approval by the Water Resources Certificate Program Director.

The certificate program is expected to add no more than one semester to most students’ programs because most students will be required to take some of these classes for their primary degree requirements. These classes have been selected to provide a broad base in the physical, biological, economic, and social components of water resources issues and problems.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the WRCP for an Graduate Certificate, a student must:
-Be an graduate student at the University of Georgia, and
-Be enrolled in a college/school within UGA.
-To add the Graduate Certificate to your program of study, you must contact Jenny Yearwood requesting the certificate to be added. Ms. Yearwood will take care of the necessary paperwork with the Registrar’s office.

The Graduate Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary program and is not associated with any particular College or School. This means that, providing the two criteria for admission are met, students from any college, school, or discipline are eligible for admission.


After the program of study is completed, in order to GRADUATE the certificate, students must do two things:
1. “Apply to Graduate” the Certificate in Athena, and
2. Contact Ms. Yearwood. She will meet with the Director of the Program to check the students class record to determine that all the requirements for the Certificate have been completed.

If the requirements have been met, Ms. Yearwood prepares the paper Certificate and clears the certificate in Athena. She also notifies the Registrar of the University, who adds the information to the students transcripts.

The Certificate is signed by the Major Professor, the Chair/Director of the WRCP, the Provost of the University, and the President of the University. The Certificate is usually mailed to the student’s home address after graduation.

Contact Information:

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact either:
Jenny Yearwood,, 706-542-4284
Todd Rasmussen,, 706-542-4300