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M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Applied Data Science: Water Diplomacy Domain

In our globalized world, competing demands for water are increasing. More effective resolutions to our increasingly complex water problems demand consideration of scientific knowledge, the ubiquity of multiple sources of data, and the uncertainty of information, perception, and action. The water diplomacy domain seeks to find effective ways to bridge this divides between theory and practice; numbers and narratives; and quantitative and qualitative information.

This domain will prepare reflective water professionals for data-driven complex design and decision-making. It provides a flexible curriculum, with an emphasis on individualized learning, active mentoring, and practice-based education. Students in this domain will:

  • Analyze data to solve key water diplomacy problems.
  • Develop expertise through full-time and part-time options, with in-depth training in one year for full-time students and two to three years for part-time students.
  • Meet leading water professionals through seminars, networking opportunities, and capstone projects.


Our curriculum combines academic rigor with small classes in a supportive and engaging learning environment. In consultation with their advisor, students can choose 4 classes focused on water diplomacy, including:

  • CEE112 Hydrology and Water Resources
  • CEE131 River Hydraulics and Restoration
  • CEE-194A Water Diplomacy: Complexity Science and Negotiation Theory
  • CEE-212 Chemical Principles in Environmental and Water Resources
  • CEE-213 Transport Principles in Environmental and Water Resources
  • CEE-214 Environmental and Water Resources Systems Engineering
  • Conflict Resolution Tools and Techniques (Courses at Tufts Gordon Institute and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy)
  • UEP 279 Water Resources Policy and Watershed Management