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.
- Laramie, WYLaramie, WY
University of Wyoming
- Diliman, PhilippinesDiliman, Philippines
University of the Philippines
Proof of English proficiency is required for admission to graduate studies of students whose native language is not English, except those who have gra...
- Williamsburg, VAWilliamsburg, VA
College of William and Mary
- Amsterdam, NetherlandsAmsterdam, Netherlands
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The past is the key to the future. This is especially true for climate change.
- Halifax, NSHalifax, NS
- Reading, United KingdomReading, United Kingdom
University of Reading
Students pursue individual research, supervised by a member of the academic staff, in this Department which has an international reputation and has been recently awarded the highest possible ratings for research and teaching.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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
- 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.
- Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers graduate programs of study in mathematics with a choice of specializations in the fields of algebra, analysis, topology, applied mathematics including numerical analysis, probability and statistics, or indu...
- 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...
- Aveiro, PortugalAveiro, Portugal
Universidade de Aveiro
- Seoul, KoreaSeoul, Korea
Seoul National 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
- 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...
- 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...
- Fairbanks, AKFairbanks, AK
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
- Buenos Aires, ArgentinaBuenos Aires, Argentina
Universidad de Buenos Aires
- Copenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen, Denmark
University of Copenhagen
- 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...