QERM: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Degree Programs

Master's Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.) degree requirements are by The Graduate School and the QERM program. The Graduate School sets University-wide requirements for minimum scholarship, number of required credits, and continuous enrollment. QERM determines the core curriculum and elective coursework. A thesis and an integrated program of coursework and research are also required, during which the student learns the fundamentals of statistical inference, ecological modeling and resource management.

Graduate School Requirements

A student must satisfy The Graduate School's requirements for the M.S. degree that are in force at the time the degree is to be awarded.

The Graduate School supports all QERM program requirements and will not authorize graduation unless the program has indicated that the student has satisfied the requirements. All requirements (including but not limited to oral and written examinations) imposed by the QERM Graduate Program Coordinator or by the student's supervisory committee must be satisfied.

QERM Program Requirements

Coursework is divided into core and elective courses. Electives are selected with the guidance of the master's supervisory committee. A QERM Plan of Study form documenting the recommended electives must be approved by the supervisory committee.The following courses are required for all master's students:

QERM Core Coursework

STAT 516 - Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data I (3 credits)

IND E 599, Section D - Intro to Optimization (3 credits),
IND E 513 - Linear Optimization Models in Engineering (3 credits)

QERM 597 - QERM Fall Seminar (2 credits)


STAT 517 - Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data II (3 credits)

BIOL/FISH/CFR 567 - Topics in Advanced Ecology (3 credits)

QERM 597 - QERM Seminar (2 credits)


QERM 514 - Analysis of Ecological and Environmental Data (4 credits)

SEFS 540 - Optimization Techniques for Natural Resources (5 credits)

*AMATH 523 - Mathematical Analysis in Biology and Medicine (5)
*AMATH 535 - Mathematical Ecology (5) (offered alternating years)


Ecology Elective (from list of recommended ecology electives) - recommended to be taken fall quarter

QSCI 486 - Experimental Design (not required, but recommended during years when the course is offered)
QERM 600 - Independent Study (variable credits)
QERM 700 - Masters Thesis Credits (minimum of 9 credits required for M.S.)

* Students are encouraged to take AMATH 535 instead of AMATH 523 in the years when AMATH 535 is offered.

After completing the core coursework outlined above the student selects additional coursework in collaboration with their supervisory committee.

A student’s supervisory committee may also recommend a course in scientific writing (TC 509 (Writing the Scientific Article), FISH 521 (Grant Proposal Writing for Graduate Students).

Qualifying Examinations

Students planning to complete only the M.S. degree are not required to take the QERM qualifying examination. However, students planning to complete their Ph.D. in QERM are required to pass the QERM qualifying examination.

Master's Degree By-Pass

Students admitted at the pre-M.S. level may, under exceptional circumstances, apply to proceed directly to post-M.S. study after the successful completion of the QERM qualifying examinations at the doctoral level. A description of this option is outlined in detail under the Master's Degree By-Pass section.

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