Meteorology Masters United States 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.
- Logan, UTLogan, UT
Utah State University
- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OHWright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
Air Force Institute Of Technology
AFIT is primarily a graduate school for selected U.S. and foreign military officers, and for equivalent-rank Department of Defense (DOD) civilian pers...
- Ames, IAAmes, IA
Iowa State University
The Meteorology Graduate Program places particular emphasis on analytical, diagnostic, and numerical modeling analysis of atmospheric dynamics on a range of scales, with research exploring microscale features in the boundary layer, mesoscale processes i...
- Ames, IA
- 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...
- 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...
- College Station, TXCollege Station, TX
Texas A&M University
- 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
- 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...
- Fairbanks, AKFairbanks, AK
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
- 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...
- Norman, OKNorman, OK
University of Oklahoma
- 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.
- Laramie, WYLaramie, WY
University of Wyoming
- College Park, MDCollege Park, MD
University of Maryland - College Park
Our program offers graduate degrees in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science on a campus near Washington DC. We have affiliations with many nearby research institutes such as the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, the National Centers for Environm...
- Salt Lake City, UTSalt Lake City, UT
University of Utah
The University of Utah is a state-supported institution with a student and faculty population of nearly 26,400 and 3,700, respectively. The Department of Meteorology offers courses and research opportunities leading to the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.
- West Lafayette, INWest Lafayette, IN
The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at Purdue University offers graduate research programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees. EAPS is the multidisciplinary department of the College of Science. Our research uses mathemati...
- Plymouth, ILPlymouth, IL
Plymouth State University
The only program of its kind in New Hampshire, this program will prepare you for a number of weather-related, respected careers.
- Urbana, ILUrbana, IL
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
The leading atmospheric sciences graduate program in the midwest, our program offers students an unusually wide range of research opportunities with some of the most active and productive atmospheric scientists in the world.
- Davis, CADavis, CA
University of California - Davis
The program emphasizes understanding and application of the basic principles of atmospheric dynamics, physics and chemistry within four broad areas of specialization: air quality, meteorology and atmospheric chemistry; Biometeorology and micrometeorolog...
- 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...
- Pasadena, CAPasadena, CA
California Institute Of Technology
Research in this division at Caltech ranges from the earth's core, mantle, and crust, to the outposts of thesolar system.
- Reno, NVReno, NV
University of Nevada, Reno
The Atmospheric Sciences Program is a collaborative program between the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute. The program provides in-depth education in the behavior of the Earth's atmosphere and its application to environmental...
- Miami, FLMiami, FL
University of Miami
A campus of approximately 170 graduate students and 110 faculty members located on Virginia Key, an island in Biscayne Bay, a tropical estuarine system surrounded by the urban area of Greater Miami. The Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography...
- University Park, PAUniversity Park, PA
Pennsylvania State University
The graduate program embraces topics that span atmospheric processes from those of the planetary boundary layer to those of the upper atmosphere, that encompass phenomena with molecular to planetary dimensions, and that range from practical to theoretic...