The MS/PhD program is designed to give students the necessary background in atmospheric and oceanic sciences to make significant scientific contributions to the field. The core courses are arranged in three areas:
After completing the core coursework, students take the comprehensive examinations (consisting of a written and an oral section) and must successfully pass to advance towards degree completion.
Masters students then complete a scholarly paper or thesis. PhD students deliver a prospectus outlining the scientific goals of their research and schedule a specialty examination. After passing, PhD students advance to candidacy and complete their disseration.
Full-time masters students typically take two years to complete their degree; full-time PhD students typically take five years.
In addition to the six core courses, students take elective classes and attend weekly seminars featuring invited speakers who discuss their research.
Masters students must take at least 12 additional credits beyond the core courses (three of which can be credits for completing research) while PhD students must take at least 12 additional credits plus 12 more research credits. The elective classes vary by semester, but a complete listing of possible courses can be viewed by clicking the link below.
For an exhaustive discussion of the MS/PhD program, please visit the curriculum page.
The most qualified applicants are awarded fellowships, research or teaching assistantships. These include a stipend, tuition remission, and enrollment in university health insurance. The graduate school requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) for financial aid but funded students within our department typically have significantly higher GPAs than this minimum.
Unlike some graduate programs, most students within our department are not required to teach, allowing them to focus more on research during the course of the degree.
Since funding for graduate students comes mostly from professors' research grants, PhD applicants are preferred over MS applicants, as they are nominally able to make more significant research contributions.
* Students with research or teaching assistantships are granted remission and do not pay tuition for up to 10 credits/semester.
The mandatory campus fee goes toward a multitude of campus services including complimentary gym membership, shuttle bus, athletic tickets, student activities & subsidized medical treatment at the health center.
Successful completion of an undergraduate bachelors degree (or foreign equivalent) by the time of enrollment. A minimum undergraduate background includes three semesters of calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, three semesters of calculus-based physics, and two semesters of chemistry; additional mathematics, physics, and computer science courses are viewed favorably.
All students are required to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test (no subject tests are required).
International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and apply for a F-1 (not J-1) visa.
*** Updated August 21, 2015 ***
PLEASE NOTE: We acknowledge that there are some discrepancies between the dates listed on the AOSC Department Web Site, the online application system (Hobson’s) and the deadlines listed in the Graduate School Catalog. As a result, we are working on streamlining the dates to all systems. In the mean time, please adhere to the Department deadlines listed below.
Thanks for your patience!
To be eligible for a Fellowship or Assistantship, please apply by January 15, the final deadline for consideration is February 1.
For students who DO NOT require funding, the Fall deadline(s) are *February 1, for International Applicants and June 15 for Domestic Applicants.
*Qualified, self funded International Applicants may be granted admission on a per case basis between Feb 1, and May 15. Please contact the Department for further details.
Spring Admission can be granted to advanced applicants by special permission. Please contact the Department for further details.
There is a $75 (USD) application fee.
For additional assistance or information, contact:
AOSC Graduate Program Coordinator