SUNY Oneonta

Master of Science (M.S.) in Lake Management

Department of Biology

Department phone number: (607) 436-3703

FAX: (607) 436-3646


Faculty: Jeffrey Heiveil Chair, Nancy Bachman, Elizabeth Bastiaans, Willard N. Harman, Vicky Lentz, Tsitsi McPherson, Florian Reyda, Sean Robinson, Kristen Roosa, Keith Schillo, Daniel Stich, Donna Vogler, Junryo Watanabe, Jennifer Withington, Kiyoko Yokota, Fredrick Zalatan

Program purposes and philosophy: The purpose of the Lake Management program, which will take full advantage of the natural resources and infrastructure at the College’s Biological Field Station near Cooperstown, NY, and a newly renovated science building on campus, is to train students for careers as Lake Managers capable of modifying the character and quality of our aquatic resources to meet the concerns of water providers, lakeside municipalities, recreational lake users, as well as improving the quality of life of those who live, work and play on our tens of thousands of inland lakes, ponds, reservoirs and the streams tributary to them. Degree recipients will meet the requirements to apply for certification as Lake Manager (CLM) or Lake Professional (CLP) by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS).

Admission Requirements

All students applying for admission to degree status are required to:

  1. Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee.
  2. Submit an official transcript of an earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a functionally related area.
  3. Have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the major field.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation.

Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance.

Non-degree students should not enroll in more than 9 s.h. of graduate courses before applying to a degree program.

No more than 16 s.h. may be transferred into this program from another college. Courses with grades of "B-" through "F" are not transferable.

Degree Requirements: M.S. in Lake Management - Thesis Track


29 s.h.

BIOL 690 Lake Management


BIOL 691 Management of Aquatic Biota


BIOL 625 Lake Monitoring


BIOL 678 Advanced Quantitative Methods


BIOL 685 Studies in Limnology


BIOL 695 Graduate Seminar


4 s.h. graduate coursework approved by the student's Thesis Committee



3 s.h.

Minimum 3 s.h. of BIOL 698, BIOL 696, or BIOL 699



Total 32 s.h.

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  2. Diagnostic Examination.
  3. Research Thesis (including Thesis Deposition).
  4. Oral Defense.
  5. Comprehensive Exam.

Degree Requirements: M.S. in Lake Management - Professional Science Track


23 s.h.

BIOL 690 Lake Management


BIOL 691 Management of Aquatic Biota


BIOL 625 Lake Monitoring


BIOL 678 Advanced Quantitative Methods


BIOL 685 Studies in Limnology


BIOL 695 Graduate Seminar



9 s.h.

BIOL 693 Co-op Experiences in Lake Management



Total 32 s.h.

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  2. Diagnostic Examination.
  3. Oral Comprehensive Exam.

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