University of Wisconsin–Madison

Freshwater and Marine Sciences

Graduate Studies Program

The Freshwater and Marine Sciences Program (FMS) is an interdisciplinary graduate training program offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees to students interested in the science of freshwater and marine ecosystems. The FMS program at UW-Madison is unique among U.S. universities in our emphasis on the science of freshwater and marine systems from an interdisciplinary approach that includes physical, chemical, biological, and social science perspectives. In the most recent National Research Council assessment, the FMS doctoral program ranked in the top 15% of its peer programs nationally (UW News article on NRC assessment).

Our primary focus is to promote excellence in research through faculty mentorship. True to our interdisciplinary nature, the FMS graduate faculty is composed of active researchers from departments throughout our campus including Dept of Integrative Biology (formerly Dept of Zoology), Civil & Environmental Engineering, Botany, Entomology, Agronomy, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Geology and Geophysics, and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. The scientific and academic diversity of our faculty provides students with a rich variety of interdisciplinary training and research opportunities.

The Center for Limnology (CFL) has many connections to the FMS program. CFL faculty are all involved in FMS, in every aspect of interdisciplinary research. CFL also provides access to lakes of the state of Wisconsin.

If you would like to learn more about the FMS graduate program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, we invite you to browse our website where you will find a complete list of our faculty, graduate students and application/admission information. In addition, please consult the UW-Madison Graduate School website for detailed information on the admission process. If you have questions, please contact Kayla Pelland at