12 months
1431 USD/credit 47223 USD/year
1431 USD/credit 47223 USD/year
543 USD/credit 17919 USD/year
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The MS in Climate Science at George Mason University educates students to be climate professionals who can analyze and model advanced climate data. Students in the program learn to solve quantitative problems about atmospheric properties and variability, fluid dynamics, and the role of the ocean and land surface in climate.

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Key information

The understanding of climate science is essential to the interpretation of modern climate variations and the measurement of their impact. Climate data must be analyzed and interpreted in order to formulate useful responses and plan actions to meet specific climate challenges.

Students choose a concentration in either Climate Modeling or Climate Data to gain specific skills to understand and predict climate variations.

The MS in Climate Science at George Mason University encourages applications from students with diverse backgrounds in physical science, mathematics, and engineering. Students with atmospheric science or meteorology degrees can deepen their understanding, enhance relevant computer skills, and gain insight into climate as a multi-component system. Students with physics, math, or other degrees will find that climate provides compelling applications of their mathematical and computational skills.

All students will be taught by faculty of the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences Department and the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, which includes scientists doing pioneering work in climate dynamics, climate modeling, predictability, and statistical analysis of climate data.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Atmospheric Dynamics    
  •  Physical Oceanography
  • Physical and Dynamical Oceanography
  • Land-Climate Interactions   
  • Scientific Basis of Climate Change

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


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General requirements

Admission requirements include:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a Mason-recognized U.S. institutional accrediting agency or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts.
  • A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study.
  • Complete the online application and submit all required materials.

Program admission decisions give preference to students with an undergraduate degree in physical science, mathematics, or engineering. Students with other undergraduate degrees should consult with the program's administration regarding the suitability of their undergraduate preparation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    47223 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    47223 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    17919 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 543 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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