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Freshwater Marine Science

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12219 USD/year
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The Freshwater Marine Science (FMS) Graduate Program at the University of Wisconsin Madison offers curricula leading to the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees or a doctoral minor in freshwater and marine sciences. 


The University of Wisconsin Madison is recognized worldwide as a leader in the field of limnology and aquatic ecology. The Freshwater Marine Science Program began in 1962 as the oceanography and limnology program. The program combines research and teaching from several fields and departments to develop a greater understanding of aquatic systems—their origins, inhabitants, phenomena, and impact on human life.

The Freshwater Marine Science Program emphasizes limnological studies and is based on the premise that limnology and marine sciences are integrated fields requiring a broad base in the fundamental disciplines. Students may specialize in limnology or in marine sciences, or they may focus on processes common to both environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate, critique, or elaborate the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry or practice in the relevant area of freshwater and/or marine sciences.
  • Identify sources and assembles evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in the relevant research field(s).
  • Understand the historical or global context of freshwater and/or marine sciences.
  • Select and/or use appropriate methodologies and practices.
  • Evaluate or synthesize information pertaining to questions or challenges in the students' area of specialization within the freshwater and marine sciences.
  • Communicate clearly in ways appropriate to the field of study.
  • Recognize and applies principles of ethical conduct.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Limnology and Marine Science Seminar
  • Problems in Oceanography
  • Earth System Science Seminar
  • Bioclimatology
  • Global Climate Processes

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants to the program typically have at least one year of college-level biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus
  • In addition, applicants should highlight their substantive experiences and career goals in freshwater and marine sciences
  • Prospective students make direct contact with potential faculty advisors
  • Admission depends upon finding a match between the skills and interests of the applicant and the needs of a suitable faculty mentor

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12219 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12219 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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