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Integrated Water Management

Open for Fall 2020

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

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: $10,485
Year 2: $10,485
Year 1 (International): $25,197
Year 2 (International): $25,197

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


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 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.

The Integrated Water Management program focuses on:

  • water monitoring program development and execution
  • data management and analysis to inform design and decision-making
  • project management and communication
  • inspection and maintenance of surface water drainage systems
  • site assessment and identifying sources of pollution and contamination
  • erosion sediment control
  • support permitting applications and reporting
  • emergency preparedness plans and response incorporating increasing risks of extreme events
  • applicable skills to support global water availability challenges, including Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • hands-on learning experience including field school, classroom and virtual reality labs

Your career

Graduates of this program find work in industries such as water quality, water restoration and damage, environmental health and safety, natural resource management and waste management. Possible career opportunities include:

      • junior water analyst
      • water systems designer
      • junior planner/policy analyst or strategist
      • industrial water technologist
      • field inspector
      • junior watershed planner
      • environmental water analyst
      • environmental scientist

Student success

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

Credentials and accreditation

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

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 their equivalents:

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


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.


2019/20 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $9,500 $462 $288 $235 $10,485
2 $9,500 $462 $288 $235 $10,485

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $23,987 $462 $288 $460 $25,197
2 $23,987 $462 $288 $460 $25,179

2020/21 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

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors

2020/21 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

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors


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*


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