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Great Lakes Ecosystem Science, M.S.

About the Program

The master of science in Great Lakes ecosystem science program combines coursework in environmental science with communication and project management classes and an internship experience. The M.S. program is designed to meet the needs of industry, consulting firms, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and governmental agencies, preparing graduates for leadership roles as they address a wide range of problems and issues related to the management of resources within the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds.

About the Great Lakes Center
Alexander Y. Karatayev, Director
Kelly M. Frothingham, Program Coordinator
Science and Mathematics Complex 319
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4329
Fax: (716) 878-6644

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree in a science (e.g., chemistry, biology, geography, geology, earth science, environmental science) or math discipline from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).

2. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.

3. An official transcript of the applicant's undergraduate program, giving evidence of satisfactory completion of college science and mathematics courses. It is strongly recommended that all applicants have introductory college coursework in chemistry, biology, geography, geology, and mathematics/statistics. The absence of any of this coursework may be regarded as a deficiency and students may be required to complete this recommended coursework before graduation.

4. Two letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant's academic qualifications. It is highly desirable to have at least one letter of recommendation from a professor with whom the applicant has done coursework or projects.

5. A written statement of the applicant's academic background, academic and career plans, and area(s) of research interest. Applicants interested in completing a thesis must identify one or more potential faculty advisors with whom they are interested in working on their thesis research. This information should be included in the applicant’s written statement. A list of GLES faculty participants can be found at Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors prior to submitting their applications.

6. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses (11 cr)
GLC 535 Great Lakes Ecosystem Science
GLC 600 Great Lakes Seminar*
BIO 670 Biological Data Analysis
(or equivalent quantitative data analysis course)

Select one of the following:

GEG 525 Fundamentals of GIS or
GEG 528 Environmental Assessment and Planning Applications or
GEG 529 Advanced Topics in GIS

*GLC 600 is taken two times

Required Business Communication and Project Management Courses (6 cr)

Project Management (3 cr)

Select one of the following: 3
PSM 601 Project Management for Math and Science Professionals or
MET 620 Managing Engineering Projects

Communication (3 cr)

Select one of the following: 3
PSM 602 Communication Strategies for Math and Science Professionals or
COM 519 Communication for Managers and Leaders or
COM 610 Strategic Public Relations

Required Internship (3 cr)

GLC 688 Internship 3

Elective Courses (12 cr)

Appropriate biology, chemistry, earth sciences, and geography and planning courses selected by advisement.

Total Required Credits Hours (32cr)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated

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