About the WSSS Program

"The water crisis is a health crisis, it’s a farming crisis, it’s an economic crisis, it’s a climate crisis, and increasingly, it is a political crisis. And therefore, we must have an equally comprehensive response."


- Hillary Rodham Clinton, March 22, 2011

Tufts University established the Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) graduate research and education program in 2004 to provide interdisciplinary perspectives and tools needed to manage water-related problems around the world.


The program is supported by the Tufts Institute of the Environment, which provides resources and space to students and faculty involved in WSSS.


Students participating in the WSSS program must enroll in one of three program tracks (Research, Practicum, and Online) and fulfill the requirements of that respective track. The completion of the certificate signifies that the student has developed and practiced interdisciplinary methods of understanding water problems and developing practical solutions that value equality and sustainability.

Learners enrolled in the Online track include water professionals, policy-makers, and graduate students from across the United States and world, interested in further developing their expertise in resources management.

Learners enrolled in Research and Practicum tracks are students currently enrolled in Tufts University graduate programs, including those in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Engineering, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the School of Medicine, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon completion of the WSSS requirements, students receive a Certificate in Water: Systems, Science, and Society along with their graduate degree.