Water: Systems, Science, & Society Graduate Certificate Program


History. Tufts University established the Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) graduate research and education program in 2004 to provide interdisciplinary perspectives and tools needed to manage water-related problems around the world.

ProgramStudents participating in the WSSS program must enroll in one of two program tracks (Research or Practicum) and fulfill the requirements of that respective track. The completion of the certificate signifies that the student has developed and practiced interdisciplinary methods of understanding water problems and developing practical solutions that value equality and sustainability.

Academic Direction. Faculty from across Tufts University’s schools and campuses are involved in the WSSS program. The WSSS Steering Committee is in charge of designing the curriculum and convening meetings and events.

Students. Learners are students currently enrolled in Tufts University graduate programs, including those in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Engineering, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the School of Medicine, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon completion of the WSSS requirements, students receive a Certificate in Water: Systems, Science, and Society along with their graduate degree.

Alumni. WSSS graduates go on to work in a variety of professional careers, carrying with them the skills gained while in the WSSS program. Read about what WSSS alumni have to say about how the program has impacted their professional development and current careers.