Applied Atmospheric Science Master of Science Degree Program

The Applied Atmospheric Science Program is a 30-credit, non-thesis M.S. program that provides education and experiences in the application of atmospheric data and theory to problems related to the impact of weather, water, and climate on energy, agriculture, supply chain, as well as market and industry risk. The program includes options for formal courses in business, applied data analysis and programming, data visualization, and emergency management and communication, as well as professional experience through internships. Designed to be a 1-year program, with 12 credits in the Fall and Spring semesters and 6 internship/applied research credits during the summer. The internship can also be completed during the academic year (i.e., 3 credits each semester), for 15 credits in the Fall and Spring semesters. Internships may be paid or unpaid; paid opportunities are prioritized, but we cannot guarantee that all internships will be paid.

Requirements for Admission

In addition to the general University at Albany requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must have a bachelor of science in Atmospheric Science/Meteorology or a bachelor of science in a related field with a minor and/or specialization/concentration in Atmospheric Science/Meteorology.

Program Requirements (30 credits)

Core Courses - select 12 credits from the following courses:

  • Atm 501 Synoptic Laboratory II (3)
  • Atm 522 Climate Variability and Predictability (3)
  • Atm 530 Renewable Energy Issues (3)
  • Atm 533 Advanced Geophysical Data Analysis and Visualization (3)
  • Atm 540 Applications of Subseasonal to Seasonal Dynamics (3)
  • Atm 543 Weather, Climate Change, and Societal Impacts (3)
  • Atm 552 Climate Change (3)
  • Atm 561 Applied Data Analysis in Atmospheric and Environmental Science (3)
  • Atm 563 Applications of Numerical Weather Prediction (3)
  • Gog 504/Pln 538 Energy, Environment, and Climate Change (3)
  • Gog 525 Remote Sensing Applications (3)

Tracks - select 12 credits from one or more of the following tracks. Note that some courses may require special permission or require passing a placement test

1. Business Track

  • Itm 513 Quantitative Analysis for Business (3)
  • Itm 601 Business Systems Analysis and Design (3)
  • Itm 603 Business Analytics and Data Mining (3)
  • Itm 604 Databases and Business Intelligence (3)

2. Data Analytics Track

  • Ist 506 Database Systems and Data Analysis (3)
  • Inf 528 Analysis, Visualization, and Prediction in Analytics (3)
  • Inf 624 Predictive Modeling (3)
  • Inf 625 Data Mining (3)
  • Inf 627 Data Analytics Practicum (3)
  • Mat 565 Applied Statistics (3)

3. Policy and Emergency Preparedness Track

  • Emh 500 Preparedness and Response (3)
  • Emh 501 Mitigation and Recovery (3)
  • Emh 502 Risk, Planning, and Continuity (3)
  • Emh 542 Advanced Threat and Hazard Assessment (3)
  • Emh/Ehc 609 Risk Theory and Management (3)
  • Emh 659 Professional Analytical Skills (3)
  • Pad/Ehc 555 Disaster, Crisis and Emergency Management and Policy (3)
  • Pad/Ehc 556 Homeland Security Intelligence (3)
  • Pad/Ehc 572 Disaster and Crisis Management in the Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors (3)
  • Eco 581 Environmental Economics (3)
  • Pos/Pad 666/Int 513 Global Environment: Politics and Policy (3)

Capstone Requirement - 6 credits of internship and presentation/report

  • Atm 690 Internship in Applied Atmospheric Sciences (6)
  • A departmental presentation and accompanying paper summarizing the application of atmospheric science from the internship experience

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.