Prospective Graduate Students

The OU School of Meteorology is internationally recognized for innovative, state-of-the-art education and research in the Atmospheric Sciences. It is one of the leading programs nationwide in developing forward-looking curricula to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for careers in the 21st century. The School is an academic program within the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and is located in the National Weather Center on the University’s 271-acre Research Campus. The Research Campus brings university programs together with State and Federal research and operational facilities, including several NOAA organizations and private-sector companies. This provides for a diverse and collaborative meteorological community, where learning extends beyond the classroom, and research is linked directly to practical applications. In addition to its core research strengths in mesoscale and radar meteorology, the School also offers a diverse research portfolio with expertise in data assimilation, numerical weather and climate prediction, sub-seasonal to seasonal prediction, polar meteorology, boundary-layer and land-surface processes, tropospheric -stratospheric exchange, and remote sensing of atmospheric constituents. Further faculty expansion and diversification is envisioned to continue for the foreseeable future.

In terms of graduate degrees, students typically receive an MS degree and then either seek employment or begin their Ph.D. studies. However, students can also meet the requirements to “Direct Track” into the Ph.D. program early in their second year of MS studies. Detailed information about the degrees offered at the School of Meteorology, admission practices and other important policies related to the School of Meteorology graduate programs can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook. Please review this document carefully, as it also provides information related to graduate student funding and student organizations.

Application Deadline

Review of applications for Fall 2019 entry is December 1, 2018. Please visit the “How to Apply” page for more information.  For Fall 2019, we anticipate having several GRA and GTA opportunities covering the breadth the breadth of the research expertise within the School of Meteorology and our collaborating research centers located in the National Weather Center.

Knowledge Expectations for Incoming Graduate Students

Incoming graduate students at the School of Meteorology are generally expected to have a working knowledge of calculus, vector analysis, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, statistics, and computer programming.  However, because of the diverse educational backgrounds of our incoming students, some students may be required to complete courses on the prerequisite material. This is typically done during the first year. In particular, please note that a course in Partial Differential Equations (or equivalent coursework, such as a course on Mathematical Methods for Physicists) is a prerequisite for one of the core classes, METR 5113: Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics I. For further information on course prerequisites, please consult the course listings or contact the appropriate course instructor.