The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is primarily a research degree. The candidate must complete at least 36 units of graduate course credit in the major field, including a core of 6 units of dynamic meteorology and 6 units of physical meteorology. An additional 18 units of other graduate-level atmospheric sciences courses and 6 units of graduate-level elective coursework completes the 36 credit requirement. In addition, the candidate must complete 18 units of dissertation credit, 2 units of ATMO seminar, and fulfill the minor requirement (typically 12 units, depending on the minor Department). All Ph.D. students must pass a written and oral Comprehensive Examination, and complete and defend a dissertation based on original research.
Students accepted into the graduate program without a Master's of Science (M.S.) degree must first successfully complete the M.S. program before proceeding with the Ph.D. Students entering the Ph.D. program with an M.S. degree in another field are permitted to minor within the department with the approval of their committee. This minor will consist of 12 units of atmospheric sciences at the graduate level in subjects other than those directly related to their area of research.
The program is highly quantitative, it is required for applicants to have a strong background in physics and calculus.
Active research in the following areas:
Please upload the following required documents to the Department of Atmospheric Sciences online application system:
Required test(s): GRE
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 159
Minimum GRE Written: 4.5
Minimum TOEFL: 550 or 95
Minimum IELTS: 8
Attempt to support all students as Research or Teaching Assistants
Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
Minimum credits: 66
*A 3.0 GPA in core courses is required to continue in the program
The department requires a minimum of 12 units in a minor field. Please contact the minor field advising department in order to see minor requirements.
Previous doctoral students have minor in the following subjects:
|Application Acceptance Rate||63%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||3.50|
|Enrollment Percent Male||52%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||48%|
|Enrollment Percent International||43%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||4%|