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GLES seminar class

Graduate Studies: Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (GLES)

Students can pursue graduate studies with the Great Lakes Center through two interdisciplinary applied environmental science programs, a thesis-based Master of Arts (MA) and an internship-based professional Master of Science (MS) program. Both programs will provide students with the opportunity to attain a broad understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, and social factors that comprise the Great Lakes ecosystems. Graduates will be prepared to deal effectively with a broad range of problems and issues related to ecosystem structure and function within the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds.

GLES program fact sheet


  1. Admissions requirements for each program will require a bachelor’s degree in a science (e.g., chemistry, biology, geography, geology, earth science, environmental science) or math discipline from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (4.0 scale).
  2. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.
  3. An official transcript of the applicant’s undergraduate program, giving evidence of satisfactory completion of college science and mathematics courses. It is strongly recommended that all applicants have introductory college coursework in chemistry, biology, geography, geology, and mathematics/statistics. The absence of any of this coursework may be regarded as a deficiency and students may be required to complete this recommended coursework before graduation.
  4. Two letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant’s academic qualifications.
  5. A written statement of the applicant’s academic background, future plans, and area of research interest.

Applicants interested in completing a thesis must identify one or more potential faculty advisors with whom they are interested in working on their thesis research. This information should be included in the applicant’s written statement. Please consult the list of GLES faculty participants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors prior to submitting their applications.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.


Prospective graduate students interested in entering the M.A. or M.S. in Great Lakes Ecosystem Science programs at Buffalo State must apply through the Graduate School.

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Graduate Assistant (GA) positions are occasionally available to students enrolled in the Great Lakes Ecosystem Science programs. Graduate applications must be received by April 1 to be considered for GA funding.


GLES Principal Advisor Consent Form

MA Progress and Evaluation Form

MS Progress and Evaluation Form

Individual Graduate Study Application Form


For More Information

Kelly Frothingham
Chair of Geography & Planning, GLES Program Coordinator
Classroom Building A213
Phone: (716) 878-6736
Fax: (716) 878-4009

Alexander Karatayev
Director, Great Lakes Center
Science and Mathematics Complex 319
Phone: (716) 878-4329
Fax: (716) 878-6644

Great Lakes Center

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Science and Mathematics Complex 319
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4329 •  Fax: (716) 878-6644