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Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Technology (MPAO)   

Program Title and Classification

Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Technology

Graduate Degree Program

College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • CV/Resume

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
15 Jun15 Nov
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Mar29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Non-thesis only: 30 credits

Students complete two out the following three certificate programs, plus two courses from the remaining certificate program. 

Computational Methods in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science:

AOSC 630: Statistical Methods in Meteorology and Oceanography (3 credits)

AOSC 652: Analysis Methods in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (3 credits)

Two additional courses approved by advisor (6 credits)

General Atmospheric and Oceanic Science:

AOSC 431: Atmospheric Thermodynamics (3 credits) or AOSC 610: Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean I (3 credits)

AOSC 432: Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean (3 credits) or AOSC 611: Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Oceans II (3 credits)

AOSC 617: Atmospheric and Oceanic Climate (3 credits)

AOSC 670: Physical Oceanography (3 credits)

Air Quality Science and Technology:

AOSC 600: Synoptic Meteorology I (3 credits)

AOSC 624: Remote Sensing of Surface Climate (3 credits)

AOSC 637: Atmospheric Chemistry (3 credits)

AOSC 633: Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate (3 credits)


Master of Professional Studies (MPAO) The Master of Professional Studies in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science is designed for meteorologists, oceanographers and environmental scientists who need cutting-edge skills and knowledge in atmospheric and oceanic science, in the computational methods used in our field, and in air quality science. The Director of Professional Studies will advise students in planning his or her course of study, and will provide career advice and The degree is earned by successful completion of ten 3-credit courses. Students must complete two out of the following three Certificate programs, each of which consists of four courses, plus two courses from the remaining Certificate Program. The MPAO program is designed with the needs of working professionals in mind, and can be completed on a part-time basis over no more than 5 years, or on a full-time basis in 1 year and one semester.



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