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Integrated Water Management

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Open for Fall 2022

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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This program will be delivered on campus (OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester, pending additional COVID-19 restrictions.
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Create solutions for global and local water issues with a career in water management. This program will prepare you for various roles such as water management specialist, water quality technician, watershed planner, flood planning technologist or junior hydrologist.

Get the training to become a water management expert and develop a strong understanding of the complex solutions and decisions required to balance the preservation of water-related ecosystems. Learn water management best practices to manage hazards, safeguard human health and well-being, and support economic activities. You’ll gain applied knowledge and market-sought skills developed through a final capstone project working directly with industry, as you specialize in either Water Environmental Technologies or Advanced Industry Applications. Your expertise will develop through a combination of classroom and hands-on learning including field school and virtual reality labs.

Some of the key skills or competencies developed in the Integrated Water Management program include:

  • develop a water monitoring program
  • conduct key field measurements in hydrology, hydrogeology, soils, and vegetation using commonly used and emerging equipment and technology
  • water data acquisition, management, and analysis to inform design and decision-making
  • perform hydrological and hydrogeological calculations to inform design such as surface flow, stormwater control or restoration measures
  • fundamental applications of GIS, Excel, HEC-RAS, and historical imagery
  • stakeholder engagement and conflict resolution
  • project planning and management
  • select appropriate water management strategies and applications using multi-criteria analysis and systems thinking
  • support water-related permitting applications and reporting, such as wetland assessments and Water Act approvals
  • comprehensive understanding of the social, cultural, health, safety, and environmental aspects of water management, including Indigenous water stewardship
  • develop emergency response and recovery plans incorporating increasing risks of extreme events and climate change
  • conduct an emergency response adhering to incident command structure protocols
  • apply tools, approaches, and resources for both climate adaptation and mitigation to water management

What is integrated water management?

Integrated water management is the coordinated management of water in an integrative, cross-sectoral, participatory and adaptive manner. This is a widely adopted management approach endorsed by the United Nations and utilized globally. SAIT, in combination with a multi-stakeholder advisory group and Imperial, has created the Integrated Water Management diploma program to give students the tools and expertise they need to work on solutions for both local and global water issues.

This initiative is the first integrated water program diploma in Canada. Graduates will have transferable skills for working in a multitude of industries such as energy, government, non-profit, consulting, health, agriculture, education, food and beverage, manufacturing, transportation, engineering and construction.

As a graduate of the Integrated Water Management diploma program you will recognize the role of total water management in identifying local solutions for global water issues. You will demonstrate knowledge of the complex elements, interfaces, and approaches considered in supporting practical integrated water management. As a student, you will acquire specialized applied knowledge and market-sought skills developed through a work-integrated capstone research project in either Water Environmental Technologies or Advanced Industry Applications.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students with an aptitude and interest in science and mathematics tend to excel in this program. This program promotes interdisciplinary perspectives and includes work across various energy sectors; diversity and different perspectives are encouraged. Students should be prepared to spend as many hours studying and completing course work as they do in class.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Integrated Water Management.


Graduates are eligible for membership in the following professional associations:

  • Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
  • ECO Canada

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n): 

  • water management specialist 
  • water quality technician
  • watershed planner
  • junior hydrologist
  • engineering technical assistant
  • field inspector 
  • junior planner/policy analyst
  • environmental scientist
  • flood planning technologist

Related careers include: 

  • natural resource management 
  • environmental water analyst 

“Water is life. It touches our economic prosperity, it generates energy for industry, it attracts us with its beauty and it’s vital to sustaining life.”

Pablo Pina
Academic Chair of Water Sustainability

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $10,833
Year 2: $10,833

Year 1 (International): $27,257
Year 2 (International): $29,567

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2022 open on Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 202 April 28, 2023

How to apply

World Water Day

On March 22, SAIT hosted an interactive panel discussion to discuss the value of water and to highlight new water initiatives and student programs at SAIT.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection 

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Fall 2022 start: applications are open Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1, OR 60% in English Language Arts 30-2
  • At least 60% in Math 30-1, OR Pure Math 30
  • At least 50% in Chemistry 20
  • At least 50% in Physics 20
  • At least 50% in Biology 20

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process:

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Integrated Water Management and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.
Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 


Program outline 

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Year one

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM 256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills 3.0
MNGT 204 Health, Safety, and Society 3.0
MNGT 206 People and Project Management 3.0
WATR 203 Water Fundamentals 3.0
WATR 206 Water Management 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
DATA 200 Data Management and Analytics 3.0
PROJ 210 Applied Project Development I 3.0
TECH 200 Developments in Technology 3.0
WATR 204 Water and Environment 3.0
WATR 205 Water, Governance, and Law 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Year two

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
INRY 301 Industry and Environment Applications 3.0
PROJ 301 Applied Project Development II 3.0
RSMG 300 Risk Management 3.0
WATR 300 Climate, Geopolitical and Economic Drivers of Water 3.0
WATR 302 Innovation and Disruption in Water Systems 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
PROJ 307 Capstone Project 6.0
WATR 301 Water Management Economics 3.0
Elective (choose 1)
Course Code Course Name Credit
ENVS 306 Water Environmental Technologies 6.0
INRY 300 Advanced Industry Applications 6.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $9,500 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $10,833
2 $9,500 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $10,833

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $25,924 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $27,257
2 $28,234 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $29,567

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • This program primarily uses open-source books and most required supplies are provided. Thus, books and supplies are approximately $200 per year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page .
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021


Your program orientation will take place on Sept. 1 on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details. 

Learn more about your orientation.

We are expecting to meet you at student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes that begin on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

You'll require a scientific calculator capable of performing linear regression.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Phone: 403.210.4343
Email: MacPhail.students@sait.ca

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Have questions about this program?

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MacPhail School of Energy

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