Master of Science in Atmospheric Sciences

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Description top

Time-to-completion for the Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences is approximately 2 years (coursework and research). All candidates must submit a thesis or manuscript which has been judged by the student's committee to be acceptable for publication in an appropriate scientific journal and present the results in a formal departmental seminar or at a national or international scientific meeting. The program is highly quantitative, and applicants should have a strong background in physics and calculus.

Active research focuses on atmospheric chemistry and aerosols, changes in hydrologic extremes under a warmer climate, climate and global change, COSMOS Soil Moisture Measurement, improving monsoon predictability, integrated evaluations and applications of the NASA MERRA Reanslysis Data, land processes in the NCAR CCSM, land processes in the NCEP Weather Forecasting Model, lightning and atmospheric electricity, radiation and remote sensing, tropical meteorology and tropical cyclones, and weather analysis and predictability.

Our faculty and students work closely with the departments of planetary sciences, optical sciences, electrical engineering, chemical and environmental engineering, geosciences, applied mathematics, and many others across the campus.

Admission top

Apply at the Graduate College website: Click on the Apply Now button for the Program of Study "Atmospheric Sciences (MS)."  You will be required to upload a variety of documents, including: 

  • Scanned copies of original transcripts (do not send original transcripts with official seal and signature until after you are accepted into the program)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (submit online)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests
  • Report of GRE scores (minimum Quantitative 159, Written 4.5)
  • Scanned copies of TOEFL Report of Scores (minimum 550 or 95, minimum IELTS, 8)
  • Graduate Assistantship Application form (optional)

GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona:  4832

ETS Major Field Codes for Atmospheric Sciences MS:  0501, 0507

Admissions deadlines:

  • Domestic Applicants:  February 1 for Fall Semester
  • International Applicants:  January 1 for Fall Semester

Financial top

The department attempts to support all students as research or teaching assistants (see Graduate Assistantship Application form).  Research assistantships may be arranged with individual faculty members. Other funding opportunities are provided by the Graduate College at their Financial Resources website.

Degree Program top

See the MS Atmospheric Sciences Handbook for full details.

Graduate College Steps to Your Degree requirements timeline and the sequence of GradPath forms for the Master of Science degree:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research Form
  • Evaluation of Transfer Credit
      • Only if using external transfer courses
  • Master's/Specialist Plan of Study
  • Master's/Specialist Committee Appointment Form
      • Required for every Master's/Specialist student whether or not that student has a committee
  • Master's/Specialist Completion Confirmation Form
      • Submitted by department graduate coordinator on behalf of student to initiate final Graduate College degree audit
  • Submission of Thesis Manuscript for Archiving
      • Required if student completes a thesis
  • Exit Survey

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The program requires completion of 33 graduate-level semester units. Requirements include but are not limited to:

  • ATMO 541A Dynamic Meteorology I* (3 semester units)
  • ATMO 541B Dynamic Meteorology II* (3 semester units)
  • ATMO 551A Physical Meteorology I* (3 semester units)
  • ATMO 551B Physical Meteorology II* (3 semester units)
  • ATMO 596A Progress in Atmospheric Sciences (2 semester units)
  • ATMO Graduate Electives** (minimum 12 additional ATMO semester units)
  • Other Graduate Electives (3 semester units from ATMO or another UA department)
  • Research (minimum 3, maximum 4 semester units)***

*A minimum 3.0 GPA in the Core courses is required to continue in the program.

**A minimum of 24 units of graduate course work (including Core courses) in the major field of study is required.

***One additional semester unit (i.e. a one-unit course) is required if registering for only 3 research units; otherwise, a student may enroll for a total of 4 research units to meet the degree program requirement.

The Master's degree program does not require a minor field of study. All course work may be completed in the major department. See Description and Student Handbook for additional requirements. Learn more at the Student Handbook.

Learning Outcomes top

Refer to the Assessment section for learning outcomes and measures.

Contacts top

Admissions Contact:  Guadalupe Romero - 520-621-6831

Director of Graduate Studies:  Christopher Castro - 520-626-5617

Graduate College Degree Counselor:  Janae Gregston - 520-621-0119

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