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Atmospheric Sciences (MS) 
Program Description

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.

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:

  • Atmospheric Chemistry & Aerosols
  • Changes in Hydrologic Extremes Under a Warmer Climate
  • Climate & Global Change
  • COSMOS Soil Moisture Measurement
  • Improving Monsoon Predictability
  • Integrated Evaluations and Applications of the NASA MERRA Reanalysis Data
  • Land Processes in the NCAR CCSM
  • Land Processes in the NCEP Weather Forecasting Model
  • Lightning & Atmospheric Electricity
  • Radiation & Remote Sensing
  • Tropical Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones
  • Weather Analysis & Predictability
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

College of Science  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Guadalupe V Romero
Graduate Program Coordinator
Guadalupe V Romero
Director of Graduate Studies
Christopher L Castro
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Please upload the following required documents to the Department of Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences online application system:

  • Scanned copies of original transcripts; There is no need to send original transcripts with official seal and signature unless you are accepted into our program.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (submitted online)
  • GRE Scores
  • Resume/CV
  • Scanned copies of TOEFL Report of Scores: Minimum 550 or 95
  • A statement of interest indicating your research preferences
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
     Minimum GRE Quantitative: 159
     Minimum GRE Written: 4.5
     Minimum TOEFL: 550 or 95 OR Minimum IELTS: 8

Financial Aid

Attempt to support all students as Research or Teaching Assistants

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: February 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 0501, 0507

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minimum credits: 33

  • ATMO 541A Dynamic Meteorology I* (3 credits)
  • ATMO 541B Dynamic Meteorology II* (3 credits)
  • ATMO 551A Physical Meteorology I* (3 credits)
  • ATMO 551B Physical Meteorology II* (3 credits)
  • ATMO 596A Progress in Atmospheric Sciences (2 credits)
  • 15 additional credits in coursework related to major field
  • 3 credits minimum of research

*A 3.0 GPA in core courses is required to continue in the program

Minor Requirements

No minor is required to complete a master's of science in atmospheric sciences.

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Last revised 12 Sep 2017