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Collaborative Water Program

The most interdisciplinary graduate program in Canada

Coordinated and supported by the Water Institute, the Collaborative Water Program at the University of Waterloo provides students with the opportunity study complex water problems, learning how to work in interdisciplinary teams to better understand and address these water issues.

Collaborative Water Program students complete their specialist training in their respective home department or school, while working with students from a variety of disciplines in two interdisciplinary courses

These courses capture both theoretical and practical components, including in-class lectures, fieldwork, interdisciplinary group work, and individual research seminars.

Graduate as a broad-minded specialist 

Students graduate from the Collaborative Water Program as future water leaders, able to communicate across disciplines and within interdisciplinary teams in the water sector.

It gives you specialist expertise in your field, matched with the knowledge and skills required to communicate across disciplines and within interdisciplinary teams in the water sector. 

The Collaborative Water Program offers a suite of 22 master's and doctoral programs

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The Collaborative Water Program Committee

The Collaborative Water Program Committee is comprised of representatives from the participating departments, graduate students and the Water Institute. The committee is chaired by Rob de Loë, the program director, and is responsible for developing and delivering the Collaborative Water Program. Current members of the committee are:


Program contacts

Prospective students

  • Connect with the program contacts listed for the individual programs you are interested in
  • Kevin Boehmer, managing director of the Water Institute, can also be of assistance