Atmospheric Sciences, M.Sc. | Howard University | Washington, D. C., United States
24 months
35556 USD/year
35556 USD/year
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The Howard University Graduate Program in Atmospheric Sciences (HUPAS) is an advanced degree-granting interdisciplinary program offering the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in atmospheric science.


About the program

  • Established by the Howard University Board of Trustees in 1997, the Program is affiliated with the Departments of Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Physics and Astronomy. HUPAS is dedicated to preparing students from traditionally underrepresented groups for leadership careers in Atmospheric Sciences and related fields.
  • HUPAS is aiding federal agencies such as NOAA and NASA, as well as industry and academia diversify this niche area of the workforce while engaging in leading research directly relevant to national security, commerce and environmental security. In a relatively short period of existence HUPAS has emerged as an exemplar in realizing Howard’s mission by: delivering experiences of exceptional quality to students; helping to attract a cadre of strong, socially responsible scholars and educators; impacting diversity statistics on the national production of atmospheric scientists, and contributing to critical societal needs through research.

Programme Structure

HUPAS faculty are recognized experts in mesoscale meteorology, climate modeling, air quality modeling and filed observations, atmospheric physics, atmosphere chemistry and mechanical engineering. Examples of their research include:

  • Field observation and numerical studies of tropical cyclogenesis in the eastern Atlantic
  • Chemical modeling and data assimilation focused on the ability of air quality models to make forecasts of ozone and PM2.5 and the impact of atmospheric chemistry on multiple scales (local, regional and global scales). 
  • Characterization of water vapor, wind, aerosol variability on the sub-pixel scale using ground-based Raman lidars and other passive and active profiling systems for satellite cal/val and climate reference studies
  • Characterization of the impacts and microphysical evolution of aerosols from Saharan dust outbreaks and African biomass burning from ship-based field observations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


24 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 for graduate (Consult graduate department for exception to this requirement)
  • Minimum number of credits - 30
  • Submission of a thesis in partial fulfilment of requirement for many departments
  • Statement of Academic Interest & Professional Goals
  • Autobiographical Sketch
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (minimum)          
    • Official transcripts from each university or college attended
    • Official Transcripts

    International Applicants Special Admission Requirements

    • Official transcripts, final certificates and/or mark/grade sheets must be sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
    • If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by an official translated copy.
    • An academic evaluation by a NACES member is required from all international students who have studied outside of the United States
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language

Tuition Fee

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    35556 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 35556 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35556 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35556 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
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