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GroupOur graduate programs emphasize independent thinking and skills in analytical, numerical, and laboratory techniques to solving problems in weather, climate, and environmental change. Visit our atmospheric science pages to learn about potential areas of specialization.

The M.S. program consists of a rigorous training of students in atmospheric physics, thermodynamics, dynamics, radiative transfer, and their application in one of the areas of weather forecasting, satellite and conventional atmospheric data analysis, numerical modeling, and climate change. The program prepares students to gain strong communication, analytical and computer skills for positions in research, education, management, and environmental protection.

The Ph.D. program provides the same basic skills as the M.S. program, building on a flexible, interdisciplinary program and preparing students to become effective, independent problem solvers. Students will be free to emphasize their own interests in atmospheric science but are expected to acquire a broad base of interdisciplinary knowledge. Graduates are prepared to compete successfully for postdoctoral appointments and faculty appointments as well as positions directing research at government or industrial laboratories, and managerial positions at not-for-profit and government agencies.

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Core Curriculum

  1. MAR 541,Foundations of Atmospheric Sciences I
  2. MAR 542, Foundations of Atmospheric Sciences II
  3. One oceanography course chosen from among the following: MAR 501, 503, 506, 508, and MAR 545 Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
  4. Three (for Ph.D. students) or two (for M.S. students) of the following five advanced courses:
    • MAR 593, Atmospheric Physics
    • MAR 594, Atmospheric Dynamics
    • MAR 544, Atmospheric Radiation
    • MAR 596, Principles of Atmospheric Chemistry
    • MAR 598, Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology
  5. Two semesters of the atmospheric sciences graduate student seminar MAR 595
  6. Two semesters of the TAOS seminar MAR 580.02

Graduate Course Descriptions


SoMAS graduate students complete a thesis working closely with one or more of SoMAS's excellent faculty. By the end of their second semester of study, all students must choose an advisor who will guide their research, approve course selections, and oversee their efforts toward degree completion.

Prospective Students

Prospective students: To find a SoMAS faculty member whose research interests match yours, visit our faculty and research pages.


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