Admission Requirements and Application Process

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. Admission as a graduate student in the School of Meteorology is competitive. Prospective students must formally apply for admission to the Graduate College through the Office of Admissions and Records.  Applicants are required to submit three letters of reference sent to the University, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, a personal statement, and GRE scores.

Minimum requirements for admission to Graduate Program

  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 (B average) is required, but typically students who are accepted have at least a 3.25 GPA.
  • Calculus-based math course sequence including differential equations
  • Calculus-based Physics classes
  • The School recommends that interested students obtain an undergraduate degree in physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, meteorology, atmospheric sciece, or one of the physical sciences. We offer an undergraduate degree program for those who are interested – requirements can be found here.
  • We prefer that applicants have a working knowledge of partial differential equations, although some graduate students pursue this after arriving at OU.  The faculty member teaching METR 5113 – “Atmospheric Dynamics I” will review students’ transcripts and make determinations on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students are required to take the GRE but there is no established minimum score.  No separate GRE subject test is necessary.

Deadlines and Review Process

1 December:
Review of applications for  Fall 2019 semester entry is December 1, 2018. While the School will accept applications past this deadline, students who apply later risk the opportunity of early admission and funded GRA/GTA opportunities within the School and the National Weather Center.

15 April:
If you receive an offer of an assistantship, you must accept or decline the offer by this date. Students are encouraged to notify the School of their decision to accept or decline a GRA/GTA offer as early as possible. This allows the School to make additional offers.

1 April:

The deadline for Fall entry for International Students outside the United States is 1 April. More information about admission for international students can be found here.

1 June:
The final deadline to apply for Fall admission is June 1st.

1 September: 
The deadline for Spring entry for International Students outside the United States is 1 September.

1 November:
The deadline for Spring 2019 entry is November 1, 2018. We do sometimes accept new students for Spring admission. There are not usually more than 1 or 2 funded positions available, but occasionally funding for an RA position becomes available after the beginning of the Fall semester. For a student beginning in Spring semester, courses will be somewhat out of sequence. However, it is generally easy to coordinate any differences.

Direct Track Ph.D. Program 
Even though OU has a policy that allows for direct admission into a Ph.D. program, the School of Meteorology strongly advises you to first matriculate as an MS degree student. After you have begun the MS degree program, it is possible to switch to the Ph.D. program with permission from the School of Meteorology, if such a track is deemed to be optimal for you.

Questions, Comments or Concerns?
More information about the OU School of Meteorology’s graduate program can be found via the prospective graduate portion of our website. If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Coordinator of Graduate Programs, Christie Upchurch, at or 405-325-6561.