U.S. Citizens

University of New Mexico uses an online application process that can be accessed at http://www.unm.edu/apply/ .

Three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and resume can be directly uploaded at the application site. Admission deadlines are November 15 for the spring semester and July 15 for the fall semester. Only former MWR students seeking readmission are admitted for the summer semester. Early application is encouraged for best consideration.

Graduate Studies may be reached at 505-277-2711 or grad@unm.eduits URL is http://grad.unm.edu/home/index.html

The admission requirements for the MWR degree program are:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work. A student with a GPA under 3.0 may be admitted if he/she has other exceptional qualifications indicating their likelihood of success in the program.
  • Three references from individuals (not friends) qualified to assess the applicant’s academic and/or professional qualifications. At least one of these letters must be from a former professor. Letters from friends or personal acquaintances are not acceptable.
  • A 1-2 page letter of intent describing the student’s background, interests in water resources, experience in the field, objectives, desired concentration, and future plans. This document will be helpful in assessing a particular applicant’s aptitude for the program and in assigning an appropriate temporary advisor.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae is required, but does not supplant the letter of intent.
  • Successful completion of the MWR prerequisites which depend on the student’s intended area of study:

Hydroscience Concentration

  • Calculus I (Math 180 or 162L), Calculus II (Math 181 or 163L), and Statistics (Stat 145). Note: Math 162L and 163L are highly recommended.
  • Introductory Microeconomics (Economics 106) or Intermediate Microeconomics I  (Economics 300)
  • Three semesters of introductory (or higher) science courses (UNM 100-level) in at least two different disciplines

Policy/Management Concentration

  • Calculus I (Math 180 or 162L) and Statistics (Stat 145)
  • Introductory Microeconomics I (Economics 106) or Intermediate Microeconomics I (Economics 300)
  • Two semesters of introductory (or higher) science courses (UNM 100-level)
  • One introductory or higher course in: sociology (Sociology 101); political science (Political Science 110); or psychology (Psychology 105). Note: a student entering with a degree in one of the above must have taken a course in one of the other two disciplines.

Although students should normally satisfy all prerequisites before they can be admitted to the program, students missing one of the prerequisites may be admitted on the condition that they complete the prerequisite as soon as possible. A student missing more than two prerequisites will not be considered for admission. Students satisfying prerequisites while an MWR student must take each course for a letter grade and obtain a grade of B or better.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission.

Former MWR students who have not been enrolled for three or more consecutive semesters will be dropped from the degree program by Graduate Studies. In order to reapply, a new application must be submitted unsing the online application site http://www.unm.edu/apply/. The application fee must be repaid. Readmission is not automatic.

Admission can be deferred for up to one calendar year. Students must submit a written request to OGS and the WRP requesting deferral.


International students (non-U.S. citizens) are welcome in the MWR program, but must apply through the UNM Office of International Admissions.  Application materials may be requested from the Office of International Admissions, Student Services Building, MSC06 3270, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 USA. This office also may be reached via phone at 505-277-5829, fax at 505-277-6686 or goglobal@unm.edu. Additional information and forms are at http://geo.unm.edu/admission.html.  Online applications can be submitted at this same URL (or go to the UNM homepage and click on “Apply Online”).

In addition to the completed international application package, international applicants must have a TOEFL exam score of at least 550 on the paper exam or 213 on the computer exam, a certification of financial responsibility form, three copies of their official transcripts and certified English translations (if necessary) with their application package. Deadlines for international applicants for the MWR degree program are August 1 for the Spring semester and March 1 for the Fall semester.

Amigo International Scholarship information and applications can be found at http://geo.unm.edu/admission_grad_scholarships.html. These scholarships allow international students to attend UNM for resident tuition fees only.