Atmospheric Science students in the field

Master of Science 

Atmospheric Science

Program of Study

With a focus on research, you will study with faculty who specialize in atmospheric dynamics, physics, and chemistry, or climate science. 

Through coursework, you will develop broad knowledge of the physical processes that govern our atmosphere and oceans. With guided research, you will specialize in synoptic, tropical, and mesoscale meteorology (extreme weather), atmospheric chemistry and physics (active gases and particles), or climate and environmental systems (climate prediction), culminating in your master’s thesis.


Atmospheric Science Courses

(18 credits minimum)

  • Introduction to Atmospheric Physics I and II
  • Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology 
  • Tropical Meteorology 
  • Large-scale Dynamics of the Tropics 
  • Basic Concepts of Atmospheric Transfer Processes 
  • Climate Dynamics and Modeling
  • General Circulation of the Atmosphere
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Mesoscale Processes

Master’s Thesis

(6 credits)


Supporting Courses

(0-12 credits) - Courses in other fields, as advised


Major Field Examination in Atmospheric Science

Oral presentation of research.


Ancillary Duties

Satisfactory performance in teaching, research, or practicum duties contributing to academic development.


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Oliver Elison Timm at oelisontimm@albany.edu​​​​​​​.

RESEARCH

Research projects are funded by federal, state and corporate grants. In addition to covering the costs of doing research and presenting results at international conferences, grants cover student tuition and a stipend.

Research projects may include:

  • Tropical Cyclones and Hurricanes
  • Mountain and Topography Influences
  • Climate Modeling
  • Glacier-Climate Interactions
  • Thunderstorm Electrification and Lightning
  • Solar and Wind Energy
  • Synoptic / Dynamic Meteorology and Atmospheric Chemistry

As a graduate researcher you will have access to UAlbany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), with opportunities to study atmospheric physics, chemistry and renewable energy.

Beyond the ASRC, take advantage of the National Weather Service, which is in walking distance of campus. Here you can apply for internships and cooperative research.

Content

 

Career Outcomes

With an MS in Atmospheric Science degree, you will be fully equipped to pursue a career that involves research, forecasting or education. Potential job titles include:

  • Meteorologist
  • Science teacher
  • Insurance consultant
  • Agriculture analyst
  • Laboratory technician
  • Scientific instrument engineer
  • Earth data support scientist
  • Catastrophe analyst
  • Science writer

"Choosing UAlbany for my graduate studies was the best academic decision I've made. The department specializes in a wide range of topics, giving students a variety of classes and thesis concentrations to choose from. I've always found the faculty to be approachable and willing to make time to help me understand concepts and discuss research questions. This commitment to students led to numerous opportunities to attend conferences and workshops around the country to present my research."

- Matt Vaughan, MS ’15, PhD ’20 (expected)

International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. Upon graduation, international students with an F-1 visa are allowed to apply for a 2-year extension to the automatic 1-year post-graduate Occupational Practical Training (OPT) period.

Admissions Requirements
Deadlines

Priority Review Deadline

  • Fall: January 15 
  • Spring: Not Available 
  • Summer: Not Available
     

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: Not Available


No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: Not Available
Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE score*
  • Statement of goals

*The GRE will be waived as a requirement for admission to the Atmospheric Science master's program for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants.

Applications for the Fall term received by January 15th will receive priority consideration.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  • Demonstrate a clear mastery of advanced concepts in atmospheric physics, chemistry and dynamics
  • Carry out a limited-scope, directed research project on an atmospheric science related topic that includes:
    • Review of literature on past experiments on research topic
    • Application of common scientific practices in observational data analysis, numerical modeling, and/or mathematical analysis of relevant phenomena
    • Analysis of results using appropriate quantitative methods
  • Document, detail, and defend the research conducted in a formal written thesis, including an oral presentation and defense
  • Develop effective written and oral communication skills that lead to the dissemination of research results to fellow atmospheric scientists and the broader community under the direction of an advisor