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Integrated Water Management

Open for Fall 2020

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

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

Program Highlights

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.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $10,722
Year 1: $10,722
Year 1 (International): $27,097
Year 1 (International): $27,097

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

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

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.

Program details

Program description

As a graduate of the Integrated Water Management diploma program, you'll recognize the role of total water management in identifying local solutions for global water issues.

You'll 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.

Students will have an understanding of following fundamentals upon completion of the program: 

  • Water fundamentals: Describe fundamental concepts of integrated water management. 
  • Policies and regulations: demonstrate how policies, frameworks and regulatory processes influence decision making in water management.
  • Water cycle monitoring: explain water quality, quantity, availability and how they inform decision-making across sectors.
  • Plan development: support the development of an integrated water management plan.
  • Water management influences: identify influences on water management including economic, environmental, health, human interaction, climate change, extreme events, policy and others.
  • Processes and forecasting: incorporate interdisciplinary science in determining and forecasting how water moves through a watershed and a water management system.
  • Watershed risks: predict risks to watershed resiliency (economic, social and climate).
  • Data: manage data acquisition, organization, formatting and reporting
  • Infrastructure: plan, install, operate and maintain field equipment for hydrometric monitoring and related environmental variables.
  • Global drivers: differentiate global climate, geopolitical and economic drivers of water management.

Your career

Graduates may find employment as a junior water analyst, water systems designer, designer - level 1 (water-related), field inspector, junior planner/policy analyst/strategist or junior watershed planner.

Student success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT programs. An interest in science and mathematics would be an asset.

Specific interests in physics and chemistry are desirable.


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


Have questions about this specific program?

Contact the MacPhail School of Energy

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection 

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.

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. 


Year 1

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 2

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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $9,500 $682 $288 $252 $10,722
2 $9,500 $682 $288 $252 $10,722

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $25,667 $682 $288 $460 $27,097
2 $25,667 $682 $288 $460 $27,097

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure.


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

Next steps for incoming students

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

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

Fall 2020

Orientation date

Thursday, Aug. 29


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. 

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, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 160: Safety Orientation.

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.


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

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