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Graduate Degrees at U of I Idaho Falls

The University of Idaho provides one of few interdisciplinary programs in the nation, that allow a student to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) or a Doctor of Science (Ph.D.) degree in water resources through the leading Waters of the West (WoW) program. You may choose one of the following emphases:

  • Engineering and science
  • Science and management
  • Law, management and policy

WoW draws on the expertise of 56 faculty members in seven colleges to integrate aspects of law, natural resources, engineering, political science and more. The program focuses on developing sophisticated strategies and solutions that consider the entire water basin and the many dimensions of water issues. You will have the opportunity to join a faculty-student team performing a holistic water basin or watershed analysis in partnership with stakeholders.

Graduates of this program learn to communicate with professionals in other fields to find creative interdisciplinary solutions to water problems, engage in collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, learn to interact with stakeholders and communities, and much more.

Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership: M.S. available online

This program prepares leaders in a wide range of careers such as higher education, business, government agencies and non-profit organizations. The program includes analysis and application of organizational development theory and methods, transformative learning processes, strategic thinking, development of personal leadership capacity and evaluation of intervention options for facilitation of healthy organizational change.

Program Contact

Michael Kroth, Ph.D.,, 208-364-4024

Idaho Falls Student Services contact: Alice Allen,, 208-757-5452

This program prepares experienced educators to reach their career goals in public and private systems, including K-12 districts and community colleges. The University of Idaho, Idaho Falls program emphasizes educational leadership, with two terminal degrees available.

Professionals will prepare for leadership in education administration, positioning them with the skills to influence policymaking and improve educational institutions at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Degree courses available at U of I Idaho Falls are:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Leadership, Ed. Specialist

Biological Engineering: M.S. (thesis), M.Engr. (non-thesis) and Ph.D.

Apply engineering principles to biological systems to address societal needs. Students completing this degree are well prepared to work in a national laboratory or in an industrial research and development setting.

Program Contacts

Amin Mirkouei, Ph.D., P.E.,, 208-757-5420

Lee Ostrom, Ph.D.,, 208-757-5427

Idaho Falls Student Services contact: Alice Allen,, 208-757-5452

In pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree in chemical engineering, you gain the knowledge and applicable skills needed to enter your field and address the chemical challenges facing our world today, from processing nuclear waste to removing CO2 from coal-fired power plant emissions.

In this program, you may take advantage of numerous benefits:

  • One-on-one mentorship from internationally recognized faculty members
  • Access to fully-equipped laboratory facilities and modern equipment, including the atomic force microscope (AFM) system
  • Opportunities to present your research at local, regional and national competitions
  • Participation in industry networking activities
  • Fellowships and assistantship opportunities

With a master’s degree from the University of Idaho’s outstanding civil and environmental engineering program, you can anticipate a challenging and productive career in any number of fields critical to the infrastructure that makes modern societies work. Our emphasis on rigorous engineering fundamentals provides you with the comprehensive expertise and experience to launch a rewarding career in one of the world’s most important and valued professions.

The Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) in civil engineering degree is obtained online through Engineering Outreach. This is a non-thesis degree requiring preparation of a technical paper and a minimum of 33 credits to graduate.

With a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) in computer engineering, the University of Idaho equips you with the upper level hardware and software knowledge, refined research skills and industry connections you need to help develop the next generation of computer innovations.

The computer engineering graduate program at U of I Idaho Falls incorporates concepts from both electrical engineering and computer science, focusing on the architecture, programming and application of digital computers.

View the CS Curriculum Wiki.

An advanced degree in computer science from the University of Idaho prepares you to lead the discussion and development of advanced computer concepts and applications in science, engineering, business, the academic environment and in everyday life.

Graduate students at the University of Idaho, Idaho Falls have direct access to faculty and the opportunity to participate in pioneering research activities. One exciting research focus area at U of I Idaho Falls is cybersecurity. Faculty and students are engaged in studying and solving problems related to information assurance, industrial control systems security and critical infrastructure resilience.

Students can also study computer and network forensics, malware analysis, intrusion detection, and incident response using both virtual and real industrial controls systems and traditional information technology systems. U of I Idaho Falls is building a new, state-of-the-art educational and research facility to explore computer security challenges through hands-on experiments and projects.

The College of Engineering at University of Idaho gives you the opportunity to advance your industry knowledge, improve your credentials, engage in leading electrical engineering research, and enhance your career with a graduate degree in electrical engineering offered through Engineering Outreach (EO).

Available programs include:

  • Master of Science (M.S.E.E.)
  • Master of Engineering (M.E.E.E.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Areas of emphasis include supercomputing, microwaves, communication systems, electromagnetics, signal analysis and many more. Our faculty members are internationally recognized for excellence in teaching and research, and are widely respected for significant scientific contributions to the electrical engineering industry.

You will have ample opportunity to work alongside these distinguished researchers on practical projects vital to industry, and may also have the chance to participate in collaborative research projects with partners such as NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, Hewlett-Packard Company and other top energy and power firms.

The Engineering Management Program at University of Idaho is designed for engineering professionals moving into technical management roles. Expand your knowledge in your chosen field of expertise while exploring the analytical, technical and human resource aspects of management in a technical environment.

Classes are offered by resident and affiliate faculty; all courses required for the program are available for distance learners through the University of Idaho’s Engineering Outreach program.

Students may elect to conduct a master’s project on a relevant topic to their current career or organization.

The University of Idaho is the only school in Idaho to offer a full gamut of degrees in materials science and engineering, with Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in materials science and engineering available.

The University of Idaho, Idaho Falls program equips you with the high-level technical knowledge and quality research experiences needed to address today’s most complicated industry problems. It includes a carefully crafted mix of theoretical and practical study, with the flexibility to tailor the program to your interests.

You will work alongside internationally recognized faculty members engaged in leading research in areas such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and many more. Access to modern laboratory facilities and state-of-the-art equipment makes this program stand out.

The University of Idaho will prepare you for the cutting edge of countless fields, ranging from aerospace, computer, automotive, construction and defense to biotechnology, robotics, and energy and thermal systems with advanced degrees in mechanical engineering (M.E.).

This broad discipline provides you with a big-picture perspective of future opportunities, as well as the diverse research experiences required to make the most of them. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of research areas and work alongside faculty on industry-sponsored research.

The College of Engineering offers exceptional graduate degree programs in nuclear engineering at the University of Idaho, Idaho Falls. A broad spectrum of courses, faculty expertise and facilities are available to you in partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho State University (ISU), and Boise State University (BSU).

Graduate degrees available:

  • Master of Engineering, Nuclear Engineering
  • Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering
  • Doctor of Science, Nuclear Engineering

Graduate certificates available:

These degree programs provide superior education opportunities and prepare you for a productive career in research, industry and academia. Areas of specialization include:

  • Nuclear fuel processing
  • Materials
  • Radioactive waste treatment and management
  • Thermal behavior and measurement
  • Nuclear systems design and modeling
  • Applications of nuclear process heat

The United States is realizing a critical shortage of nuclear engineers due to recent interest in enhancing pollution-free nuclear power for electricity, hydrogen production, industrial and medical applications and national security. You will be poised for a successful career in research, industry, government or education.

For more information about the possibilities in the Nuclear Engineering program read the Nuclear Engineering and Related Programs Factsheet.

Human factors deals with a large range of applied topics — like product design, human performance and human error, human-machine and human-computer interaction, interface design, safety and ergonomics.

Graduates of our program have found rewarding employment in diverse fields, including software and web usability, product development, consulting, public safety, healthcare, nuclear power, surface transportation, aviation systems and research.

Applicants for a Master's degree in Psychology/Human Factors must possess an undergraduate degree in psychology or a field related to human factors (e.g., computer science, design, engineering). The College of Graduate Studies (COGS) requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Applicants to the distance program may apply throughout the year. However, accepted applicants can only start the program in the fall or spring semesters.

Idaho Falls students can earn this degree online. All full-time, online students pay in-state tuition. This degree is also available on the Moscow campus.

Learn to lead by gaining the intellectual and practical skills needed to serve the public interest through positions in local governments and communities. You will gain hands-on experience through internships and opportunities to network with town and community leaders.

Possible careers for Master of Public Administration graduates include:

  • Local government positions
  • Policy Analyst
  • Editor
  • City Manager
  • Consultant

Idaho Falls students can earn this degree online. Full and part-time online students pay a set-rate tuition. This degree is also available on the Moscow campus.

Achieve your professional goals in the performing arts with the only Master of Fine Arts in Theatre in Idaho. This program provides intensive training and on-stage opportunities to develop your talents in:

  • Design
  • Technology and management (DTM)
  • Directing
  • Dramatic writing
  • Theatre pedagogy

The University of Idaho Environmental Science Program is widely known for producing skilled and accomplished scientists. It integrates many areas of science — from biology and engineering to sociology and political science — to equip students with the knowledge to resolve complex environmental issues for a better tomorrow.

Gain a big-picture perspective and the cross-functional training you need to develop real solutions to environmental problems while taking advantage of hands-on research opportunities, including the Research Experiences for Undergraduate Program (REU), sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Students in Idaho Falls can complete this degree through live classes and web courses. Many graduates make significant contributions in environmental protection and sustainability and in other biological, physical and social science-based endeavors.

The Bachelor of Science in physical science is intended for professions in air, soil and water pollution abatement, hazardous waste management, waste minimization and ecological restoration. Courses include hydrology, chemistry, hazardous waste, geology, soil science, and more.

Our master’s program emphasis areas are:

  • Physical science
  • Natural resource management
  • Ecology
  • Earth science/hydrology
  • Waste management
  • Policy and law
  • Environmental health/toxicology law (concurrent Juris Doctorate/Master of Science degree)
  • Water science (through the online distance learning program)

Those pursuing a doctorate (Ph.D.) may specialize in:

  • Physical science
  • Natural resource management
  • Ecology
  • Earth science/hydrology
  • Waste management
  • Policy and law

Faculty includes members from all nine colleges at the university, including those with specialties in soil science, engineering, biology, ecology, geography, political science, sociology, economics and chemistry.

The University of Idaho, Idaho Falls offers an exceptional program to earn a Master of Natural Resources (M.N.R.), with a breadth of curriculum to give you an understanding of ecological principles and the ability to analyze and interpret ecological conditions.

The M.N.R. program allows you to build a customized study plan in collaboration with your major professor, with courses available as free electives in addition to the program’s breadth coursework.

Other options for the M.N.R. program include the following certificate programs:

  • Restoration Ecology Certificate
  • Fire Ecology and Management Certificate
  • Environmental Education Graduate Certificate

There are four areas of emphasis in the M.N.R. curriculum:

  • Planning and law
  • Ecology and management of natural resources
  • Human dimensions
  • Tools and technology

The M.N.R. program gives you an understanding of a range of topics related to natural resources, in contrast to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) programs that emphasize in-depth research. Before graduation, you will be required to prepare a final oral presentation focused on a current environmental management topic that interests you.

An advanced degree from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Idaho positions you to take advantage of excellent teaching and high-level research, in partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). This partnership provides you with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, allowing you to operate sophisticated instrumentation while collaborating with and learning from postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists and visiting faculty members. 

The department is small enough for you to receive individual attention, yet large enough to provide you with the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists and faculty from other departments and colleges.

U of I Idaho Falls currently offers one doctorate and four master’s degrees:

  • Master of Science, Analytical Chemistry
  • Master of Science, Inorganic Chemistry
  • Master of Science, Organic Chemistry
  • Master of Science, Physical Chemistry
  • Doctor of Science, Chemistry

You will also have the opportunity for interdisciplinary work, including research in bio-organic chemistry, biophysical chemistry, environmental chemistry, medicinal chemistry and nanomaterials.

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Idaho offers a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (M.A.T.) degree through Engineering Outreach (EO). Designed primarily for certified teachers who wish to strengthen their subject matter preparation, the M.A.T. is a non-thesis degree requiring 30 credits of coursework.

A baccalaureate degree in mathematics is generally required for admission to the graduate program; however, many students of science and technology can be admitted to the program with few undergraduate deficiencies. Students entering the program are considered deficient if they have not completed a standard sequence in calculus (equivalent to Math 170-175-276).

You can expect to take courses from pure mathematics areas, including:

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Geometry
  • Number theory
  • Topology

At the conclusion of coursework, students must satisfactorily pass a three-hour written comprehensive exam on the courses included in their study plans. The exam may be completed at a distance, so it is not necessary to come to the U of I campus to complete any part of this degree program.

The University of Idaho offers a Master of Science in Statistical Science as an online degree program. Statisticians not only know how to gather complex numerical date, they also know how to use it to solve practical problems.

In this program, you will work with your committee to tailor an individual graduate program, with a basic core requirement of 24 credits and one of the two degree options. You will learn to design and analyze experiments, plan and interpret surveys, and explore relationships among social, physical and biological variables.

The U of I Statistics group is an intercollegiate, interdisciplinary team that emphasizes broad applications as well as theoretical aspects of statistics. In addition to discipline research, faculty members actively collaborate with researchers from the physical, biological and social sciences.

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Idaho Falls, ID 83402

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Idaho Falls, ID 83401