GLES M.S. Program Requirements

PSM logoThe internship-based Great Lakes Ecosystem Science program is designed to meet the needs of industry, consulting firms, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and governmental agencies with graduates prepared to provide a leadership role as they address a wide range of problems and issues related to the management of resources within the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds.


The MS master’s degree will consist of 32 credits as follows:

A. Required Core Courses (11 cr)

  • Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (GLC 535, 3 cr)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (GEG 525, or GEG 528, or GEG 529, 3 cr)
  • Quantitative data analysis (BIO 670, or equivalent, 3 cr)
  • Great Lakes Seminar (GLC 600, 1 cr; students will take twice = 2 cr total)        


B. Required business communication and project management courses (6 cr)

  • Business communication: (3 cr)

   -PSM 602 Business & Technical Communication for Math and Science Professionals (3 cr), or

   -COM 519 Communication for Managers and Leaders (3 cr), or

   -COM 610 Strategic Public Relations (3 cr)

  • Project management: (3 cr)

   -PSM 601 Project Management for Math and Science Professionals (3 cr), or

   -ECO 660 Cost-Benefit Analysis (3 cr), or

   -MET 620 Managing Engineering Projects (3 cr)


C. Internship (3 cr)

  • GLC 688  Internship


D. Electives (12 cr)

  • Appropriate Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Geography and Planning courses selected by advisement.



If you have questions about this program, please contact:

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

For more information about Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs, please visit:

Great Lakes Center

Buffalo State  •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Science and Math Complex 319
Buffalo, New York 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4329 •  Fax: (716) 878-6644