Meteorology Masters Graduate Programs
Meteorology master's degree programs teach students to understand and interpret the complex relationships between weather, climate, and atmosphere. Master's degree programs in meteorology can prepare students for careers in the field of broadcast meteorology, forensic meteorology, research meteorology, or weather forecasting. Many fields of meteorology require a graduate degree.
Meteorology graduate students should ideally possess the following qualities:
- Background in mathematics/science/physics
- Good verbal communication skills
- Interest in research Strong computer/technological skills
Meteorology Master's Degree Program Curriculum
Masters programs in meteorology typically take 2-3 years to complete, Ph.D. programs typically take 5-7 years. Many masters programs offer a thesis or non-thesis course of study. Students can expect to spend a significant amount of time in a laboratory/research setting. Many programs offer graduate assistantships to help offset the cost of tuition.
Curriculum offerings vary between schools, check with your school of choice for details.Meteorology graduate students might study the following course topics:
- Atmospheric physics
- Climate change
- Dynamic meteorology
- Transportation meteorology
- Numerical weather prediction
- Computer applications in meteorology
- Elements of linear algebra
- Numerical analysis using the computer
Meteorologist Career Paths
Meteorologists may pursue careers in a variety of settings; industries of employment might include:
- Federal government
- Research and development
Meteorologist could also work to develop different fields of expertise. They may specialize in the following fields:
- Broadcast meteorology
- Climate science
- Forensic meteorology
- Research meteorology
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics the 2012 median salary for atmospheric scientists and meteorologists was $89,260. Meteorologists working for the federal government earned a median salary of $97,710, those working at colleges or universities earned a median salary of $86,090. Radio and television broadcasters earned a median salary of $82,360, and individuals working in other professional and scientific services earned a median salary of $82,310.
The top 10% of earners in this field made more than $134,730 a year, the bottom 10% or earners made less than $49,120. Salaries vary according to experience, education, location, industry and company. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs for meteorologists are expected to grow by 10% between 2012 and 2022.
The chart below illustrates 2012 median salary information for meteorologists working in select industries.
- Grand Forks, NDGrand Forks, ND
University of North Dakota
The mission of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences master’s program is to provide quality educational experiences to students to promote critical thinking and foster an intellectual environment conducive to exemplary research, scholarship, and crea...
- Manchester, United KingdomManchester, United Kingdom
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
- Lincoln, NELincoln, NE
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Interdisciplinary research, academic and outreach areas in the School include: Biologic Resources, Atmospheric Resources, Water Resources and Earth Resources. Examples of these four resource areas include: grassland and fresh water ecosystems, forestry,...
- Lincoln, NE
- College Station, TXCollege Station, TX
Texas A&M University
- Ames, IAAmes, IA
Iowa State University
The goal of the Agricultural Meteorology program is to provide M.S. and Ph.D. students with advanced analysis and simulation techniques which will enable them to address the challenging environmental and agricultural problems facing our global community...
- Ames, IA
- Houston, TXHouston, TX
The first year of graduate study consists of formal course work. All incoming students are supported by Rice graduate fellowships for one year. After the first year, research, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, occupies the majority of the student...
- Keele, United KingdomKeele, United Kingdom
Climate change is as much a political issue as a scientific one, and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
- Socorro, NMSocorro, NM
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New Mexico Tech Atmospheric Physics Research Facilities: Langmuir Laboratory for atmospheric research - ballooning, electric field radar, and protective shielded rooms for lightning research; also "compact lightning mapping array" as standard instru...
- Zurich, SwitzerlandZurich, Switzerland
Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science
- Seoul, KoreaSeoul, Korea
Seoul National University
- Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, QCSainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, QC
The Department of Natural Resource Sciences offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in a wide variety of disciplines, including agrometeorology, entomology, forest science, microbiology, soil science, wildlife biology, and conservation. Research focuses mainl...
- Nagoya, JapanNagoya, Japan
- Busan, KoreaBusan, Korea
Pusan National University
- Honolulu, HIHonolulu, HI
University of Hawaii At Manoa
The Oceanography Department offers master's and doctoral programs in four subdisciplines -physical, chemical, geological, and biological oceanography. The programs are designed toprepare students for challenging careers in academia, industry, and govern...
- Taegu, KoreaTaegu, Korea
Kyungpook National University
- Saint Louis, MOSaint Louis, MO
St. Louis University
In the Meteorology program at Saint Louis University we educate students for careers in industry, federal agencies and for research and teaching. We strive, through excellence in research, to contribute to new understanding of our Earth and its atmosphe...
- Copenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen, Denmark
University of Copenhagen
- Fairbanks, AKFairbanks, AK
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
- Christchurch, New ZealandChristchurch, New Zealand
University of Canterbury
The University of Canterbury offers New ZealandÆs only dedicated programme in Astronomy. The department offers a vigorous and exciting programme of teaching and research using state of the art facilities as part of its core work. The Department...
- Johor Bahru, MalaysiaJohor Bahru, Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
- Huntsville, ALHuntsville, AL
University of Alabama - Huntsville
Atmospheric science students come from a variety of backgrounds including mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering, as well as traditional meteorology.
- Norman, OKNorman, OK
University of Oklahoma
- San Jose, CASan Jose, CA
San Jose State University
The Department of Meteorology is the only one of its kind in the CSU system.
- Stockholm, SwedenStockholm, Sweden