The Master of Science degree is approximately a 2-year program, and includes both major 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.
Active research in the following areas:
The Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences offers graduate-level Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in three Majors: Atmospheric Sciences, Hydrology, and Hydrometeorology. You can read about the differences and similarities for these majors here.
To understand the depth and breadth of our teaching and research and learn how these complementary areas guide our efforts, read about our Research Focus Areas here.
Graduate Certificate: Available for Hydrology
Master of Science Non-Thesis Option: Available for Hydrology
Accelerated Master of Science: Combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science programs are available for the following combinations:
Doctoral Minors: Doctoral Minors are available for Atmospheric Sciences and Hydrology
You can find more information about these programs and review Program Guides and Summary Pages for all degree programs here.
College of Science
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Please upload the following required documents to the Department of Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences online application system:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE Exam will be waived for Fall 2021.
Required for International Applicant:
GRE Exam Minimum GRE Quantitative: 159 Minimum GRE Written: 4.5
English Proficiency Exam: Minimum TOEFL: 550 or 95 OR Minimum IELTS: 8
As of August 2020, GRE Exam are no longer required for domestic applicants.
Our department attempts to support all students as Graduate Research or Teaching Assistants.
Other available funding by the university can be found at https://financialaid.arizona.edu/scholarshipuniverse and https://grad.arizona.edu/funding/opportunities.
January 15 for Fall Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
Required Core Courses: 14 units
*A 3.0 GPA in core courses is required to continue in the program
15 additional credits in coursework related to major field. Below are approved elective courses:
ATMO 521 Physical Climatology (3 units)
ATMO 524 Hydroclimatology (3 units)
ATMO 529 Objective Analysis in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences (3 units)
ATMO 536A Fundamental in Atmospheric Sciences (3 units)
ATMO 545 Intro Data Assimilation (3 units)
ATMO 555 Introduction to Data Assimilation (3 units)
ATMO 558 Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling (3 units)
ATMO 569A Air Pollution I: Gases (3 units)
ATMO 569B Air Pollution II: Aerosols (3 units)
ATMO 574A Weather Analysis and Forecasting I (3 units)
ATMO 574B Weather Analysis and Forecasting II (3 units)
ATMO 579 Boundary Layer Meteorology and Surface Processes (3 units)
ATMO 580 Tropical Meteorology (3 units)
ATMO 595B Global Climate Change (3 units)
ATMO 595C General Circulation Observations and Modelling (3 units)
ATMO 641 Advanced Atmospheric & Oceanic Fluid Dynamics (3 units)
HWRS 519 Fundamentals of Surface Water (3 units)
HWRS 543A Risk Assessment for Environmental Systems (3 units)
CE 523 Hydrology (3 units)
GC 572 Global Biogeochemical Cycles (3 units)
GEOG 530 The Climate System (3 units)
GEOG 539A Introduction to Dendrochronology (4 units)
GEOS 567 Inverse Problems in Geophysics (3 units)
GEOS 578 Global Change (3 units)
GEOS 579 Introduction to Climate Dynamics (3 units)
GEOS 582 Paleoclimatology (3 units)
PTYS 537 Physics of the Sun (3 units)
PTYS 544 Physics of High Atmospheres (3 units)
PTYS 517 Atmospheres & Remote Sensing (3 units)
REM 590 Remote Sensing or the Study of Planet Earth (3 units)
WSM 560A Watershed Hydrology (4 units)
BE 585 Remote Sensing Data & Methods (3 units)
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||50%|
|Avg. Time-to-degree (years)||2.01|
|Enrollment Percent Male||58.82%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||41.18%|
|Enrollment Percent International||52.94%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||5.88%|