What will I learn?

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is an integrated program of coursework and research wherein students master the fundamentals of statistical inference and modeling while also gaining additional expertise in an area of emphasis. The M.S. requires students to complete original research and gain understanding of the biology and ecology of their study system.


QERM 597 – QERM Fall Seminar (2 credits)

QERM 597 – QERM Winter Seminar (2 credits)

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

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

STAT 517 – Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data (3 credits)

IND E 513 – Linear Optimization Models in Engineering (3 credits)

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

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

AMATH 523 – Mathematical Analysis in Biology and Medicine (5) (even years)


AMATH 535 – Mathematical Ecology (5) (odd years)


Additional electives are selected with the guidance of the thesis supervisory committee.


QERM 700 – Master’s Thesis (minimum 9 credits)


In addition to the requirements established by QERM, students must also meet all requirements established by the UW Graduate School at the time of degree completion.

Which department am I in?

College of the Environment

Study options

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,832.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Background coursework and / or research in:

College-level calculus (ordinary differential equations, integration, taylor series, and applications)

Linear Algebra

Statistical Inference

Additional advanced coursework in mathematics, probability, statistics

Minimum 3.00 GPA in last 60 semester or last 90 quarter credits

Minimum TOEFL score of 580 (237 for computer-based tests)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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