Sustainable Water Development Graduate Certificate Application

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Water Development (SWD) will train STEM graduate students to address future challenges of water scarcity and variability while also meeting the food and energy demands of Earth’s growing population. The SWD Graduate Certificate leverages a unique learning environment focused on water sustainability that extends beyond any one discipline, department, or College. Admission to the SWD certificate program is competitive and available to graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Iowa who are completing a degree program.  Please fill out the following application to be considered for the certificate program.

Admission Criteria

  • GPA - Relevant STEM field with graduate GPA greater than 3.0 for doctoral students and 2.75 for master’s students
  • Resume or CV
  • UI Transcript (we will pull this - there's no need to submit this) 
  • Statement of purpose - 500 words or less about your core research and training program and why the SWD certificate program will benefit your training and goals for career placement after receiving your degree
  • Brief letter of endorsement from your advisor

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year and are reviewed by the Sustainable Water Development Program. You will receive an email after admissions decisions have been made.  Contact SWD Program Coordinator Blake Rupe at blake-rupe@uiowa.edu with any questions. 

Example: MA in Urban and Regional Planning, or PhD in Epidemiology.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
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Please upload a state of purpose, 500 words or less, about your core research and training program and why the SWD certificate program will benefit your training and goals for career placement after receiving your degree.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.
By submitting this electronic signature, I certify that the information I have provided about my academic and personal history is accurate and complete. Failure to disclose any required information could result in the denial of admission or retroactive administrative withdrawal.