Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate Program

Each year we offer between 14 and 24 offers of support for Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs). We generally only accept students that we can support through a GRA or GTA stipend. The GTAs are primarily offered to Masters of Science (MS) students in their first year of study and nearly all GTAs move onto a GRA during their first year at the School. ​Students may, elect, however, to remain on a GTA for their entire MS period of study. Students on GRAs may also elect to move onto a GTA for a semester(s) to gain teaching experience, which is especially helpful at the PhD level.  The research specialties of the School are quite broad. Our historical areas of excellence are in using observations, modeling and theory to study high impact and severe weather events including convection and mesoscale circulations. In terms of observations, our area of strength is in advanced radar approaches, while our modeling expertise ranges from idealized models to elucidate theory to numerical weather prediction across the scales. However, our expertise has grown to include data assimilation, weather and climate processes in polar regions, climate and the dynamics and chemistry of tropospheric-stratospheric exchanges. This year appears that we will have a fairly large number of GRAs across these research areas. We also have faculty with research projects who will work with GTAs on MS projects.  In terms of graduate degrees, students typically receive an MS degree and then either seek employment or begin their  PhD studies. However, students can also meet the requirements to “Direct Track” into the PhD 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. It also provides information related to graduate student funding and student organizations.

Application Deadline

The deadline to formally apply for Fall admission is January 15th. However, the deadline to send in the School of Meteorology Rapid-Response Graduate Degree Application Form is December 1. If you have additional questions about the admission deadlines for the School of Meteorology please email

Knowledge Expectations for Incoming Graduate Students

​Incoming graduate students at the School of Meteorology are normally expected to have a working knowledge of calculus, vector analysis, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, statistics, and computer programming (e.g. Unix and either Fortran or C). However, because of the diverse educational backgrounds of our incoming students, some may need to complete courses on prerequisite material. This is usually done during the first year. In particular, please note that a course in Partial Differential Equations (or equivalent coursework, such as in a course on Mathematical Methods for Physicists) is a prerequisite for one of the core classes, METR 5113, Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics 1. For further information on course prerequisites, please consult the course listings or contact the appropriate course instructor.