Prepare to be part of the next generation of scientists, researchers, and policymakers committed to exploring, protecting, and preserving one of our most vital natural resources.

From the shores of Lake Michigan, we study the largest freshwater system on Earth, as well as urban rivers, storm- and wastewater infrastructure, groundwater and inland lakes, aquaculture and fisheries, robotic systems, human and environmental health, and interdisciplinary solutions to freshwater conflicts. Our research-rich environment gives students the chance to engage in cutting-edge work, working alongside some of the best freshwater scientists in the world. We’re equipping future scientists and professionals with the interdisciplinary skills and expertise needed to address the critical challenges facing our freshwater resources.

Careers
Graduates from our programs work in environmental consulting, environmental advocacy, academia, water resource management, and natural resource management. They are project managers in water industry, sustainability managers, and researchers for government agencies or private companies. The School of Freshwater Sciences career services staff works closely with area employers and is dedicated to helping students with career planning, skills development, and applying for jobs.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Evening, Weekend, and Online Courses
Check the current schedule of classes to find courses offered in a blended/hybrid format or in the evening.

Tours and Visits
Register to attend an Info Session or email freshwater@uwm.edu to sign up. Take a tour and talk with staff, faculty, and students. Located directly on Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor giving us access to the waters of Lake Michigan, the School is 6 miles south of the main campus at 600 E. Greenfield Avenue in Milwaukee. Take Milwaukee’s Green Line bus route or join students and faculty who bike here almost every day!

Freshwater Degree Program Prerequisites
An undergraduate bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, public policy or other appropriate natural science, social science or engineering discipline is required. Additionally, the following prerequisite courses are strongly recommended.

  • At least one semester of any three of the following topical areas: chemistry, biological sciences, physics, and calculus.
  • One additional semester of chemistry, biological sciences, or physics.

Students lacking prerequisites are often unable to complete courses in the recommended sequence and find it difficult to complete the required courses for graduation within the normal time frame of study.

Selecting a Major Advisor
We strongly recommend you reach out to faculty members whose interests align with your own early in the application process to discuss potential research and funding opportunities.  Meet our faculty and explore their research. Students in the PhD and MS Thesis program must be accepted by a faculty member who will serve as the major professor, and be primarily responsible for matriculation. Professional Science track MS students are paired with an advisor whose interests most closely align with their own.

Internship Requirement for Professional Science Master’s
The Professional Science Master’s program requires an experiential learning component prior to graduation. This can be fulfilled through an internship or a group project with a water-related organization, agency, or business. Students often secure full-time jobs at their internship organizations.