Combine advanced scientific study, management, and communication skills to launch a successful professional career.
If you are a recent college graduate looking to gain real-world experiences while earning your master’s degree or a working professional looking to further your career and refine your skill set, this program is for you. Participate in an internship with a water-related business, government or non-profit organization.
Minimum degree requirement is 36 graduate credits.
Expand your freshwater science knowledge, quantitative skills, and business expertise and apply them to non-profit, government and business careers in the water sector.
|Required science core||12|
|FRSHWTR 502||Aquatic Ecosystem Dynamics|
|FRSHWTR 504||Freshwater Analysis|
|Choose two of the following:|
|FRSHWTR 506||Environmental Health of Freshwater Ecosystems|
|FRSHWTR 508||Freshwater Engineering|
|FRSHWTR 510||Economics, Policy & Management of Water|
|Required professional core (Others approved by program director)||9|
|BUSMGMT 706||Managing in a Dynamic Environment|
|BUSMGMT 715||Leadership, Team Building, and Effective Management|
|FRSHWTR 810||Professional Development for Water Leaders|
|PHILOS 337||Environmental Ethics|
|Elective courses (Selected with your major advisor)||12|
|FRSHWTR 980: Graduate Internship||3|
Learn more about Freshwater Program requirements.
Learn more about past Professional Science student internships.
- 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.
Professional Science Advisory Board
An active and engaged team of water leaders provide feedback, mentorship, internships, and jobs.
The PSM Advisory Board, comprised of local and regional water leaders from government agencies, nonprofits, private industry, and local start-ups, provides employer-based feedback to increase the effectiveness of the program. Board members provide recommendations to ensure students receive the skills necessary to excel as leaders in water related organizations. They emphasize the need for developing strong communication skills, problem solving, critical thinking, adaptability, and lifelong learning. You will benefit from direct interactions with advisory board members who provide mentoring opportunities, connections to internships, real world learning experiences, and careers.
Participate in a traditional internship at a water-related entity and combine science and business skills, or complete a group project to solve a specific water-related issue.
Whether you’re a full time student, working professional, or somewhere in between, select your experience to meet your current schedule and professional goals.
Recent student internships include Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Wisconsin DNR, US Army Corps of Engineers, Natural Resource Technology, Veolia Water, Pentair, City of Racine Health Department, City of Milwaukee Office of Sustainability, Alliance for the Great Lakes, and RA Smith.
Launching Your Career
We provide career services to get you connected with business and industry.
Meet with career services staff, faculty advisors, and external mentors from non-profits, business, and government organizations. Partnerships with local organizations provide professional development opportunities and workshops for students.
Join the Student Water Council, volunteer in the community, help at school events, and participate in conferences or symposiums to build your skills and experience and grow your academic and professional networks.
Recent graduates work at Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), Natural Resource Technology, Alliance for the Great Lakes, The Nature Conservancy, GRAEF, Badger Meter, and Urban Ecology Center.