Atmospheric And Oceanic Sciences

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25526 USD/year
25526 USD/year
12200 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The majority of our graduate students get an M.S. degree in Atmospheric And Oceanic Sciences, which can be earned as part of the path toward a Ph.D. degree or earned as a terminal degree opening significant opportunities within the public and private sectors. The program is offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison. 


The department currently has 11 faculty members, approximately 60 graduate students, and many staff members involved in large and energetic research programs. Particular strengths include climate/earth system science, geophysical fluid dynamics, remote sensing, planetary boundary layer, atmospheric chemistry, weather systems and prediction, and oceanography. 

At the University of Wisconsin Madison we offer a master degree in Atmospheric And Oceanic Sciences. Course concentrations within the existing degree program are offered in the areas of weather prediction, earth system science, remote sensing, and oceanography.

The department has close ties with the Center for Climatic Research, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Space Science and Engineering Center, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, National Weather Service, and the State Climatologist Office.

Career Development

  • Job opportunities have been strong within the United States for people with graduate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. 
  • The government hires a large number of meteorologists with advanced degrees, as do many private forecasting companies and air quality consulting firms. 
  • In addition, there are openings for experts at various government and university research labs.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Weather And Climate
  • Climate And Climate Change
  • Survey Of Oceanography
  • Earth's Water: Natural Science And Human Use
  • Natural Hazards And Disasters
  • Natural Hazards Of Weather

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It 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.
152 (verbal)
151 (quantitative)
4 (analytical)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Prerequisites for Graduate Work.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission. The Graduate School computes the GPA based on approximately the last 60 semester hours (two years) of undergraduate work.
  • International students must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Prior work in atmospheric or oceanic sciences is not required, but it is beneficial. Knowledge of computer programming is recommended.
  • Applications are also judged on academic record, letters of recommendation, prior research experience, and the statement of purpose.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25526 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25526 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25526 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25526 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12200 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Atmospheric And Oceanic Sciences
University of Wisconsin Madison