Admissions Criteria

Academic Programs

Master of Science (MS) / Master of Engineering (ME) Degree Program
The USPCAS-W offers 2 years MS degree in the following four specialized fields:

  • Hydraulics, Irrigation and Drainage (HID)
  • Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
  • Environmental Engineering (ENV.ENG)
  • Water, Sanitation and Health Sciences (WaSH)

Additionally, weekly Field Visits / graduate seminar series on water security in Pakistan is mandatory non-credit hour course to be attended by all students in each semester.

  • No Tuition Fee
  • Monthly Stipend of Rs. 15000/- for the duration of degree program
  • Free Transport Facility
  • Research Grant

1. Hydraulics, Irrigation and Drainage - HID

The HID program educates students in the field of open channel and groundwater hydraulics in combination with engineering principles and to support useful plant life, with minimum degradation of soil and water resources. The primary objective is to understand soil, water and plant relationships and how they can be applied to better manage surface and groundwater resources in the production of food and fiber. HID program, especially at the post-graduate level, is structured to be interdisciplinary. In addition to increasing their understating of engineering fundamentals, students are encouraged to explore and appreciate environmental and ecological effects of irrigated agriculture. This is important since irrigated agriculture has come under increasing criticism for being a heavy user of water combined with low land and water productivity and environmental damages to soil and water resources.

Eligibility Criteria for MS Degree in HID
- Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor's degree in the subjects mentioned below with 16 years of education, 1st class or 3.0 and above CGPA.
- BE/BSc in: Civil Engineering, Agricultural Engineering and Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, and other related fields.

2. Integrated Water Resources Management – IWRM

The IWRM program enhances students' knowledge and capacities to deal with multidisciplinary aspects of water resource allocation and use under conditions of uncertainties. Key topics constituting the program include; principles of IWRM, hazard planning and management, inter-sectoral allocation and use, water governance, institutions and policies, water dispute management, water valuation, economics of water management, and GIS and remote sensing in water resources. Given the emerging complexities in water sector, the need of coordinated decision making across sectors and scales has always been felt. IWRM provides a platform where young leaders are trained in interdisciplinary concepts and methods for integrated water resources management to meet the complex sustainability challenges.

Eligibility Criteria for MS Degree in IWRM
- Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor's degree in the subjects mentioned below with 16 years of education, 1st class or 3.0 and above CGPA.
- BE/BSc in: Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Water Resources Management, Water Management, Water/Environmental/Agricultural Economics, Water Resources Engineering and other related fields.

3. Environmental Engineering – EnvEng

The EnvEng program emphasizes learning in conventional environmental engineering, physical chemical and biological processes, water and wastewater treatment design, air and noise pollution and control, hazardous and solid waste management, and environmental impact assessment

Eligibility Criteria for MS Degree in EnvEng
- Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor's degree in the subjects mentioned below with 16 years of education, 1st class or 3.0 and above CGPA.
- BE/BSc in: Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Agricultural Engineering or any other engineering discipline with at least one subject of environmental engineering.

4. Water, Sanitation & Health Sciences – WaSHS

In contrast to most 'traditional' degrees in environmental engineering, individuals in this program will need to have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to assess the needs of a community, design, evaluate and implement technical solutions to the deficiencies of water supply and sanitation that are appropriate for a given community and sustainable, through a process of community engagement and mobilization, and in partnership with like-minded organizations whose focus is on health promotion and education. Individuals trained in this program will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively with community and community-based organizations and the local political structure to effectively implement water and sanitation interventions, assess the functioning and impacts of these systems, and identify and implement solutions to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of existing systems.

Eligibility Criteria for MS Degree in Water, Sanitation & Health Sciences
- Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor's degree in the subjects mentioned below with 16 years of education, 1st class or 3.0 and above CGPA.
- Applicants must have a bachelor degree of engineering in civil, environment, agriculture & water resources, degree in environmental science, physical sciences (chemistry, bio chemistry etc), medicine and biological sciences (biology, micro biology, bio sciences etc).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree Program (Duration: 3 years)

The USPCAS-W offers Ph.D. degrees in the following three specialized fields:

  • Hydraulics, Irrigation and Drainage (HID)
  • Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
  • Environmental Engineering (ENV.ENG)

The Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with detailed knowledge and critical understanding of subject specific issues within the context of waterdevelopment nexus, including the science behind the subject and the skills to translate science into practice.
The Ph.D. program is a combination of course work and research. The students are required to complete 18 credit hours of graded course work, and write a dissertation based on original/applied research. The course work requirements include the following:

- A course on Research Methodology (3 credit hours).
- A course on Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours).
- Four courses relevant to the area of specialization (12 credit hours).
- Other requirements to be fulfilled for completing the degree include qualifying the comprehensive examination including writing of dissertation and its defense in prescribed period.

Eligibility Criteria for Ph.D. Degree Program
Applicants must have obtained a Masters' degree in the subjects mentioned under each program area in the following table with 18 years of education; and first class or CGPA 3.0 and above out of 4.0.
- HID : ME/MS in HID or any other related discipline.
- IWRM : ME/MS in IWRM or any other related discipline.
- Env.Eng. : ME/MS in Environmental Engineering or in any other related discipline.


General Rules for Admission
- The center will accept only on-line applications for admission. An application form and instructions to fill the form, as well as other documentation to be provided in support of application.
- To qualify for admission, applicants must obtain at least 60% marks for MS and 70% marks for PhD in General GRE type test to be conducted by the Center.