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MS Atmospheric Sciences

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
42000 USD
National
34600 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
Department
College of Environment
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)76
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)675
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About this course

Atmospheric sciences is a wide-ranging discipline that includes topics as diverse as weather forecasting, global warming, air quality, Pacific Northwest weather and climate, mountain weather, marine weather, El Nino, the ozone hole, ice ages, and the weather of Mars. It considers problems that are both scientifically challenging and critical for the welfare of modern society. These problems are addressed with theory, measurements, and computer simulations.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Complete Graduate School application (a copy must be sent to the department)
  • Official copy of transcripts
  • Statement of interest(s) – one page essay, must address reasons why the student wishes to pursue a graduate program in atmospheric sciences
  • GRE General Examination scores sent from the Educational Testing Service
  • Three letters of recommendation, either submitted online or, using the appropriate forms, sent directly to the department by the evaluators
  • For international applicants: TOEFL scores, sent by the testing service
  • Deadline: December 31, for admission the following autumn. Autumn is the only quarter for which the department accepts applications.

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Course Modules

36 credits, to include

Core classes (25-28 credits): ATM S 501, ATM S 502, ATM S 532, ATM S 535, ATM S 558. One of the following sequences: ATM S 505, ATM S 509, ATM S 542; or ATM S 503, ATM S 504
The two-course dynamics sequence (ATM S 503, ATM S 504) is intended for those whose research specialty is outside the realm of dynamic meteorology. Most students are encouraged to take the three-course sequence in dynamics (ATM S 505, ATM S 509, ATM S 542).
Master's students need 36 credits to graduate (excluding seminars and colloquia); 27 of the credits presented must be from graded courses numbered 500 or above, of which at least 3 credits must be in approved applied mathematics courses and 24 must be in core atmospheric sciences courses. The remaining 9 credits are for the master's thesis. However, students intending to pursue a PhD should take all the courses required above.

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How to Apply

  • Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution2 or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
  • Also acceptable: hold a Master’s degree, a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil), or a professional degree (MD, JD, DVM, etc.) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution.2 
  • 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.
  • Be proficient in English: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

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