For Prospective Students

Sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment, the Water: Systems, Science, and Society certificate program provides guidance in course, research and internship selection for those seeking a deeper professional understanding of the multiple dimensions of water security. Students who graduate with a WSSS Certificate will possess a deep understanding of the core issues and challenges that underlie the management of water and be capable of undertaking interdisciplinary research, policy-making decisions, and fieldwork.



WSSS students complete one of two major tracks: Interdisciplinary Research (R Track) or Practicum (P Track). To establish an interdisciplinary base of knowledge, students are expected to complete courses within our core educational areas:


  1. Water Resources Science and Technology
  2. Biological Aspects of Water, Health, and Nutrition
  3. Water Planning and Policy
  4. Economic and Systems Analysis


Learn more about our educational core areas and the two-track system >>


See an up-to-date list of courses that meet program requirements >>


Students are also expected to attend weekly meetings and participate the annual WSSS Symposium.





To be eligible for the WSSS Certificate, students must be currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral graduate degree program within one of the following participating schools at Tufts:



Information about current students and alumni of the program is available in the "People" section of this site. We have published a few detailed profiles of students and their experience with the program.


For a first-hand account of one student's WSSS experience, you can read "From the Student's Perspective: Redefining Water Resource Education at Tufts" (click to download PDF), by WSSS alumna Janice Snow, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.


Finally, detailed information about the program, educational requirements, required courses, and more is available in the official WSSS Handbook, which can be dowloaded in PDF form here >>



To Apply


To apply, prospective students must fill out the Enrollment Form and the Student Information Form, both of which are available on the Forms and Handbook page.


Please refer to our contact page to reach us with questions or for more information.


We also encourage interested prospective students to join our email list to receive pertinent program information.