12 months
39248 USD/year
23082 USD/year
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The graduate program in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University embraces topics that span atmospheric processes from those of the planetary boundary layer to those of the upper atmosphere, that encompass phenomena from weather to climate with molecular to planetary dimensions, and that range from practical to theoretical significance. 


The Meteorology and Atmospheric Science program at Pennsylvania State University develops and integrates approaches based on observational, computational and analytical techniques, and seeks to advance both fundamental understanding and predictive skill.

The major interests of the faculty and graduate students include (1) mesoscale- and synoptic- scale weather systems; (2) climate and earth system dynamics; (3) atmospheric physics including radiative transfer and cloud physics; (4) atmospheric chemistry, air quality and the earth's biogeochemical cycles; (5) atmospheric turbulence, boundary layers, land-atmosphere interactions, ocean-atmosphere interactions, and ocean-ice-atmosphere interactions; (6) geophysical fluid dynamics, (7) physical oceanography, and (8) climate and weather risk. Methodological approaches include numerical modeling, data assimilation, atmospheric remote sensing, field observations, atmospheric data analysis, and laboratory studies.

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will acquire and demonstrate mastery of knowledge within a core disciplinary area of the atmospheric sciences while demonstrating familiarity with other topics within the atmospheric sciences outside of the core area.
  • Graduates will develop analytical and methodological skills necessary to apply knowledge of the atmospheric sciences to the solution of an unanswered problem within the discipline.
  • Graduates will disseminate results of investigation via a logically, clearly written master’s thesis, and via articulate, effective presentations.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to collaborate in a collegial and ethical manner with other professionals within their field or with diverse scientific backgrounds.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Dynamic Meteorology
  • Atmospheric Turbulence
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Climate System Dynamics
  • Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  • Cloud Physics
  • Radiative Transfer
  • The Atmospheric Boundary Layer
  • Climate System Dynamics
  • Communication of Research in Atmospheric Science
  • Development and Ethics in the Atmospheric Sciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


35 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The program is open to all students with a baccalaureate degree and a strong interest in the atmospheric sciences.
  • A degree in science (including, but not limited to, meteorology or atmospheric science), mathematics, or engineering provides a particularly good background.
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for the evaluation of all applicants.
  • Most students admitted to the graduate program have undergraduate grade-point averages of 3.50 or higher.
  • Three recommendations are solicited from persons familiar with the student's academic competence, and the student is required to write a letter summarizing interests and goals.
  • All international students required to take the English proficiency test must take the American English Oral Communicative Proficiency Test (AEOCPT) upon first enrollment.

Tuition Fee

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    39248 USD/year
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  • National

    23082 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23082 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
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