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Atmospheric Sciences (MS) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

The Atmospheric Sciences Accelerated Masters Program (AMP) is designed for advanced current UA undergraduate students to complete both the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences in a total of five years. The AMP is well suited for students who aim to gain research experience at the graduate level, and are interested in pursuing a career in atmospheric sciences. This program is currently open only to students doing a Bachelor of Science in Physics. This program is not open to students who have completed a Bachelor degree or an advanced degree from another institution.


AMP students focus on completing undergraduate-level courses during their first three years. By December of the junior year students must submit an online application to the AMP program. Upon acceptance to the Accelerated Masters Program, students continue to fulfill undergraduate requirements during the Spring of the junior year including the required AMP course "PHYS436a". Students then take a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses in the fourth year to complete their Bachelor of Science degree. During this time, the students also begin to develop their research ideas in preparation for graduate-level research. In the fifth and final year, students focus on graduate course work and their research-based thesis/manuscript in order to complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree.

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
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
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 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
  • (Optional) Completed ATMO Graduate Assistantship Application form. The form is available under "Graduate Studies/Application Procedure" page at the departmental  website
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
     Minimum GRE Quantitative: 159
     Minimum GRE Written: 4.5
     Minimum TOEFL: 550 or 95
     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 will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
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

See following link for sample five-year plan,;id=amp_pos

Minor Requirements

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

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Last revised 18 Jun 2015