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Water Without Borders Graduate Diploma

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McMaster University and the United Nations University-Institute for Water, Environment & Health

Water Without Borders is a collaborative graduate diploma program between McMaster and the United Nations University-Institute for Water, Environment & Health (UNU-INWEH). The aim of the program is to provide an inter-disciplinary, research and policy oriented learning experience for students interested in the relationships between water, environment and health. Access to safe water and sanitation, the economics of water provision, the impact of climate change on water, environment and health, and the development of international policies to ensure water access, environmental sustainability and human health are among the issues that the program addresses. 

There is no tuition fee for the program, however, students must fund the cost of the field course (WOBORDER *701 , see below) themselves.


The program is open to any student who is enrolled in or has accepted an offer admission to a graduate program (at the Maters or Doctoral level) in any of the six Faculties at McMaster. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their grade transcripts, reference letters and statement of interest. The evaluation will be made in terms of the applicant’s qualifications and interests in relation to the research goals and program of UNU-INWEH, and the ability of UNUINWEH researchers to provide co-supervision. Applications that have met the eligibility requirement will be assessed by the Water Without Borders program committee. Students can only be admitted at the start of the academic year.


Students who are admitted to the program are required to complete the three courses that constitute the core curriculum. In addition to these courses, Water Without Borders students must, in consultation with their home department supervisor, involve their UNU-INWEH  co-supervisor in the principal research activity they are undertaking for their graduate degree (e.g., independent study course, major research project, or thesis for Masters students; dissertation for Ph.D. students).


The curriculum consists of three courses, all of which are non-credit courses at McMaster and all of which are required to graduate from the program.

Contact Information

More information about the Water Without Borders program can be found on the program website: http://www.inweh.unu.edu/WaterwithoutBorders_2011.htm
For additional information, please email wwbdir@mcmaster.ca

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