The goal of the professional master's program or graduate certificate in Water Engineering & Management (WEM) is to provide working engineers with the skills they need to lead a team, initiative or division in the water profession. Especially relevant for those working for consulting engineers, utilities, government or regulatory agencies, the program combines technical course with courses that address leadership, communication, financials, governance and water management.  

The program curriculum is developed and taught by world-class faculty and senior professionals from: 

  • CU Boulder's Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
  • CU Denver's School of Public Affairs
  • Water utilities executive and senior staff from across the U.S.
  • Consulting firms and global professional organizations
  • The American Water Works Association
  • The Water Environment Federation

Many of the program's courses are offered online or in both on-campus and online formats. 

Master's Credits

Master's Courses Number Units
Environmental Engineering Core Courses 4 12
WEM Core Courses 2-3 6-9
Public Affairs (CU-Denver) Electives 0-1 0-3
Civil Engineering Electives 1-3 3-9
Master's Report and Seminar 1 2











Certificate Credits

Nine credit hours are required to complete the graduate certificate: 

  • CVEN 5564: Water Profession: Leadership and Communication
  • CVEN 5574: Water Utility Management: Current Issues and Future Challenges
  • CVEN 5584: Water Profession: Financials and Management
  • One 3-credit elective course (contact Dick Kuchenrither to discuss available options)

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