Educational Curriculum Overview
In order to receive a WSSS Graduate Certificate from Tufts University, students must complete one of three curricula.
Those three curricula are the Online Track (O-track), the Research Track (R-track), and the Practicum Track (P-track). The requirements for each of these curricula are described below.
O Track (online): Integrating Water, Food, and Energy
A track for those prefering the flexibility of online learning
Please see the O-track webpage for more detailed information.
Purpose: The O-track is designed to increase the skills and career marketability of its students. Whether you're looking for a change in career path, advancement in your company, or fulfillment of a curious mind, the O-track will help you build expertise in practical resource management skills. Skills span the breadth of software, decision-making and negotiation, and statistical analysis.
Courses: O-track WSSS students are required to complete three courses in the following areas:
Integrated Water Resources Management,
Integrating Food Security and Water Management, and
Energy-Water Policy and Tools.
Each course is taught by expert faculty members of Tufts University and is supported by Tufts graduate student teaching assistants. Certificate students may apply earned credits towards a Tufts graduate program with approval from that program's dean.
Duration: Each of the three O-track courses lasts one semester in duration. Students enrolled in the O-track must complete the certificate within three years of the semester of enrollment.
R Track: Interdisciplinary Water Resources Research
Meetings: R-track WSSS students are required to regularly attend WSSS meetings. Please see the WSSS Events Calendar for meeting schedules and locations.
Courses: R-track WSSS students are required to complete three WSSS-approved courses.
Advising: Students in the R-track of the WSSS program are required to meet with one member of the WSSS Steering Committee (John Durant or Timothy Griffin) as early as possible during the fall semesters of their first and second years in the WSSS program to discuss course selection, research direction, and key challenges and opportunities.
Research Project: R-track WSSS students are required to undertake a significant interdisciplinary water resources research project, culminating in a completed thesis, capstone project, directed study, or dissertation by the time of graduation from the WSSS program.
Publication: R-track WSSS students are required to submit their water-based research transcript to a refereed research journal for publication. Significant effort to make the transcript publishable is emphasized, although acceptance into the journal is not required.
Presentation: R-track WSSS students are required to present their water-based research at a significant national or international conference or at the annual WSSS symposium. Partial funding in support of such a conference presentation will be provided by the WSSS program.
P Track: Practicum and Interdisciplinary Professional Experience / Internship
Meetings: P-track WSSS students are required to regularly attend WSSS meetings. Please see the WSSS Events Calendar for meeting schedules and locations.
Courses: P-track WSSS students are required to complete two WSSS-approved courses.
Advising: Students in the P-track of the WSSS program are required to meet with one member of the WSSS Steering Committee (Rusty Russell, John Durant, or Timothy Griffin) as early as possible during the fall semesters of their first and second years in the WSSS program to discuss course selection, research direction, and key challenges and opportunities.
Practicum: P-track WSSS students are required to complete a practicum project. The practica are group projects that work with real-world clients to address water-related problems. Practicum projects usually occur from December-April of the student's first year in the program. The practicum does not count as one of the two WSSS-approved courses required for P-track students.
Interdisciplinary Professional Experience (IPE): To foster students' practical experience in solving water issues, P-track WSSS students are required to complete a water-focused professional experience with a public- or private-sector organization. IPEs often take the form of internships.
IPE must be a minimum of 150 hours.
An IPE Pre-Approval Form must be completed and delivered to the WSSS Coordinator prior to the start of the IPE.
At completion, an IPE Completion Form must be submitted to the WSSS Coordinator.
Some students may satisfy this requirement through prior professional experience. These students should petition to WSSS Director for exemption of this requirement. Some existing internship programs (at UEP and in the AFE program at the School of Nutrition Science and Policy, for example) may satisfy the IPE, provided that they also meet the objectives of the IPE (and submit the required forms). This decision will be made by a member of the WSSS Steering Committee.
Students may secure their own IPE or seek the advice of WSSS faculty with similar interests. Read about past IPEs that WSSS students have completed >>
WSSS Symposium: P-track WSSS students are required to organize and put-on the annual WSSS symposium. This symposium requires preparations from December-April during the student's second year of the program. It requires generating a theme for the symposium, finding funding, recruiting speakers, reserving space and A/V equipment, and advertising for the event.