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The department offers both a M. S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric sciences. These degrees prepare students to carry on scholarly research and to communicate the results concisely and accurately to the scientific community and the general public. Graduates from this program have gone into senior professional positions in the atmospheric and environmental sciences at academic institutions and in industry, government, or other agencies. Successful completion of these degrees require carrying out research in one of the following primary areas: Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology
, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
, and Climate and Environmental Systems
The Faculty of the Atmospheric Sciences Program of the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences comprises scientists from the Department, and the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. This combination of two distinct but related institutions gives the University at Albany the largest program of education and research in the atmospheric sciences in New York State. Taught by scientists from the Department and the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), students are exposed to, and have an opportunity to participate in, faculty research that is funded externally by numerous prominent agencies including NSF, NASA, EPA, ONR, NOAA, AFOSR and EPRI. The ASRC and the local office of the National Weather Service (NWS) are both located in the Center for Environmental Sciences and Technology Management (CESTM), which is within easy walking distance of the Department. Opportunities exist for internships and cooperative research with the Albany National Weather Service office, which is also located on the University campus.
M.S. in Atmospheric Science
The M.S. in Atmospheric Science is designed to be either a terminal degree or a stepping-stone to the Ph.D. Students can also pursue a secondary-school teaching sequence as part of the M.S. degree. The M.S. degree typically requires two years of full-time study and directed research with the culmination being a M. S. Thesis.
Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science
The Ph.D. program of study and research requires at least three additional academic years of full-time study and research beyond the M.S. In order to earn a Ph.D. degree, the student must independently carry out original research into an important scientific problem.
See the Graduate Bulletin for the program requirements.
See the Office of Graduate Studies for admission application deadlines and requirements.
All applications to graduate programs are handled by the Office of Graduate Education. To find out more about the process of applying to graduate programs at the University at Albany, please see the Step-by-Step instructions for applying on the Graduate Education web site.