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.

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.





For outside-of-Tufts students wanting to enroll in the Online track of the WSSS Program, please see the O-track page for instructions on application.


For current Tufts graduate students wanting to enroll in the Research or Practicum tracks, please fill out the Enrollment Form, available on the Forms page. Submit the form to the WSSS Program Coordinator. Enrollment form must be received by the 15th of October of the student's first year (or later year for doctoral students).

Eligibility for Enrollment


For enrollment requirements for the Online track of the WSSS Program, please see the Online track page.

To enroll in the Research or the Practicum track of the WSSS Program, students must be currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral graduate degree program within one of Tufts' graduate schools:



Students that enroll in the Research or Practicum tracks of the WSSS program must enroll at least 3 semesters prior to graduation (e.g. masters students must enroll in the Fall semester of their first of two years of study).

Please regard the program requirements page for a list of requirements needed to fulfill the graduate certificate.