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Professional Science - Broadcast Meteorology, M.P.S.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (WUR) Miami, FL, United States
This track option prepares student for both on-camera and behind-the-scenes careers in broadcast meteorology, as well as the opportunity to develop the knowledge and training necessary to enter the broader field of science journalism.

Overview

Broadcast meteorology is a rapidly growing and evolving field and one of the largest sources of employment in the private sector of meteorology. This track option prepares student for both on-camera and behind-the-scenes careers in broadcast meteorology, as well as the opportunity to develop the knowledge and training necessary to enter the broader field of science journalism. 

The curriculum integrates graduate coursework in broadcast journalism from UM’s School of Communications, with advanced courses in Meteorology at RSMAS. Students receive hands-on training in UM’s state-of-the-art digital studio and learn the proper techniques involved in preparing and presenting a complete and professional weathercast. The UMTV studio is fully equipped to deliver professional, on-air graphics with real-time data feeds and visualization software from Weather Central. Students will learn to research, analyze, predict, and then graphically and verbally communicate local and national weather forecasts “on camera”. Students will also learn how to master breaking news, severe weather bulletins, ad-libbing, deadlines, teamwork, and other skills vital to a successful career in broadcasting. 

Students also participate in UM’s award-winning news broadcast “NewsVision”, which is aired daily on local cable channels to the university and the surrounding community. This enables students to apply their knowledge of journalism and weather forecasting in a TV studio and develop their skills in communication, computer graphics, and on-camera delivery. The coursework is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in both meteorology and broadcast journalism, in order to meet the basic requirements of the AMS Certification for Broadcast Meteorology and also provide students with a greater understanding of the broad environmental issues of the 21st Century.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Atmospheric Science
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Weather Forecasting
  • News Technologies/Producing TV News
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Broadcast Journalism II
  • Climate and Society
  • General Circulation of the Atmosphere

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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Academic Requirements

  • The University of Miami requires a minimum score of 297 (total of verbal + quantitative) for acceptance into any Graduate School program.

    This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:

    3.5

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • The most competitive UM applicants have a bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Complete the online application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Send official Test Scores: Test scores will only be accepted if they are submitted directly from the testing agency
  • Complete the School Report
  • Letter(s) or Recommendation
  • Conduct updates, if applicable
  • Special Programs may ask for additional requirements like a portfolio or/and schedule and audition
  • If applicable, submit your financial aid documents
  • For international students only: Submit official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Miami

  • 1508 - 2610 USD/month
    Living Costs

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