Meteorology (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) | Master of Science Degree

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is committed to providing the highest quality education for all our students:

We strive, through excellence in research, to contribute to new understanding of our Earth and its atmosphere and to pass on to students the rewards of participating in scientific discovery

We strive, through devotion to teaching, to arouse in students throughout the university a desire for learning, an appreciation of science and curiosity about Earth's global environment.

We strive, through active outreach to the community, to serve and share with others our experience and knowledge and to provide a thorough and rigorous education in the atmospheric sciences that enables students to seek careers in the academic, research, or operational communities.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: April 1 (International: March 1) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G; A Resume and Professional Goal Statement is desired
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: November 1 (International: Oct. 1)
Summer: April 1 (Domestic applicants only)
Tel. No.: 314.977.3131
Chair: William Dannevik, Ph.D.
Meteorology Director: Zaitao Pan, Ph.D.

Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Standardized test scores are considered as well as GPA and TOEFL (if applicable)
  • Of every applicant, a committee examines and reviews each item of their application wholly.

Meteorology Application Review Process

Faculty committee members examine qualified applicants' materials and make recommendations.

Admission Statistics

The M.S. usually takes about 2 - 2 1/2 years to complete.

Credit Hours/Coursework: The Masters of Science requires 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis research. | EAS Graduate Course Descriptions

Program Description: This program is geared to those students anticipating to enter a doctoral program later on or working in a research capacity (e.g., NASA or NOAA contractor). 

Careers Possibilities: Atmospheric Scientist; Climatologist; Environmental Lawyer. Our graduates have found employment in the National Weather Service, Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and private meteorological firms (e.g., Dames and Moore). Some graduates have found opportunities in computer science-related activities. For this reason we urge students to take 1-2 computer science courses to help diversify their background. A rule of thumb is that it takes about 6 months to find a job, providing the economy is relatively robust and you are willing to accept a position in any region of the U.S. You should be flexible in this regard. As you gain experience and ability you can become more selective about what job you accept.

Curriculum & Program Details: Most of our students take this option. It culminates in a masters thesis which must be approved by the student's committee and the graduate school. An oral defense of the thesis is also required, given before the committee. This program is geared to those students anticipating to enter a doctoral program later on or working in a research capacity (e.g., NASA or NOAA contractor). | EAS Student Information

About the EAS Faculty: Funding, through awards and grants, for research is obtained from NOAA, UCAR/COMET, NSF and NASA. Faculty interest and research disciplines include: Severe local storms, hurricanes, heavy precipitation and aerosol transport processes. | EAS Faculty Directory

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Financial aid is available either through a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship. These are available on a competitive basis. In some cases a student will be asked to pay his/her own way for the first semester (or two) until a TA position becomes available. We will do our best to help eligible students. Student loans can be arranged through the Financial Aid office (DuBourg Hall, Room 151 | 314.977.2350). Some international students are supported by their governments. Some are supported by the U.S. agencies (such as, NOAA - Office of International Programs). The Graduate School answers the inquiries of international students by sending a preliminary application form. Some international students can be offered a TA or RA.  | Financial Aid for Geoscience graduate students  | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: The Department is a charter member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation. External funding for research comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The department has a dedicated synoptic computer lab and receives real-time data from both satellite downlink and the Internet. Software for displaying and analyzing weather data comes from Unidata Program Center, the National Weather Service, and locally written code. | EAS Research Facilities

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