Graduate Education

Waves crashing at the Memorial Union Terrace

The study of water is highly interdisciplinary, and involves biological, physical, chemical, social, political, and economic dimensions. There are literally dozens of individual undergraduate and graduate level courses offered by a wide range of departments and colleges at UW-Madison that address aspects of water resources and marine and freshwater ecosystems.

UW-Madison has an exceptional number and diversity of water-related faculty and staff. This diversity greatly facilitates interdisciplinary research and learning. Graduate students interested in water-related research can earn degrees through their adviser's department or a campus-wide degree program.

Coursework is tailored to a student's research and career goals, but degree programs vary in their specific requirements. Students access the wealth of expertise on campus because graduate committees include faculty from multiple departments. Because the student-advisor relationship is so important, we advise that you identify prospective faculty advisers based on their interests, and contact prospective advisers prior to submitting your application for graduate studies.

There are four graduate degree programs at UW-Madison that offer MS and PhD degrees that strongly emphasize water and water-related topics: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry and Technology, Freshwater and Marine Sciences and Water Resources Management. In addition to the above, there are at least 30 other departments and degree programs in which students and faculty work to some degree on water and water-related topics. Below we provide some additional information and links to graduate degree opportunities in water-related studies at UW-Madison.

Wisconsin Ecology
, an umbrella organization for ecologists at UW-Madison provides some additional useful and relevant information:

Biological Systems Engineering

Biological Systems Engineering faculty and staff are dedicated to educating people to meet the engineering, management, technical sales, and service needs of the agriculture and food industry. This is accomplished by advancing science through an active research program, teaching engineering students, and disseminating research findings through extension programs.

Website
http://bse.wisc.edu/

Email
bse@wisc.edu

Phone
(608) 262-3310

Address
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has several groups with a strong water emphasis: Environmental Engineering and Science, Water Resources Engineering and Science, and Environmental Chemistry and Technology.

Website
http://www.engr.wisc.edu/cee-index.html

Email
cee@engr.wisc.edu

Phone
(608) 263-3542

Address
2205 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1481

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Environmental Chemistry and Technology

Water Chemistry Building

The Environmental Chemistry and Technology degree program offers MS and PhD degrees in four areas of specialization: aquatic chemistry, environmental technology, air pollution chemistry, or terrestrial chemistry

Website
http://www.engr.wisc.edu/interd/ect/

Email
mcpossin@wisc.edu

Phone
608-263-3264

Address
Environmental Chemistry and Technology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 122
680 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481

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Limnology and Marine Science



The Freshwater and Marine Sciences Program is an interdisciplinary graduate training program offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees to students interested in the science of freshwater and marine ecosystems.

Website
http://www.engr.wisc.edu/interd/limnology/

Email
limnology@mailplus.wisc.edu

Phone
608-262-3014

Address
University of Wisconsin Center for Limnology
680 North Park Street
Madison WI 53706-1492

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Water Resources Management



The Water Resources Management Program (WRM) prepares students to face the complexities of managing this critical natural resource. The WRM curriculum integrates the biological and physical sciences (which identify and measure problems) with engineering (which provides technological alternatives) and law and the social sciences (which assess needs and potential for institutional response). Each WRM student gains breadth in relevant planning and management areas while developing depth in an area specialty. The program leads to a master of science (M.S.) degree in water resources management. Graduates typically seek employment as professionals in government, business, industry, education, and the nonprofit sector.

Website
http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/graduate/water-resources-management/index.php

Email
kwpotter@wisc.edu

Phone
(608) 263-4373

Address
550 North Park Street
122 Science Hall
Madison, WI 53706-1491

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