Meteorology

Saint Louis University’s master’s and doctoral programs in meteorology allow you to research the atmosphere's role as the centerpiece of Earth’s interconnected, interactive global environmental system.


About the Program

Students who graduate from SLU’s meteorology programs are trained to be meteorologists. They study the dynamics of air motion, physical processes such as transfer of radiation, and convection resulting in severe storms, flash floods and hurricanes. Research is underway at SLU on heavy precipitation, regional climate and air quality using numerical weather prediction models. Our faculty collaborate with research meteorologists at national centers, as well as operational meteorologists at the St. Louis National Weather Service forecast offices.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s Master of Science in meteorology requires 24 hours of coursework and six hours of thesis research. It is geared to students planning to enter the doctoral program after completion, as well as those who want to  work in a research capacity  or enhance their qualification for forecasting positions.

A total of 30 credit hours beyond the master's degree, including 12 credit hours of dissertation research, are required to complete the Ph.D. program in meteorology.

Faculty
  • William Dannevik, Ph.D.
  • Catherine Finley, Ph.D.
  • Jack Fishman, Ph.D.:
  • Benjamin de Foy, Ph.D.
  • Charles E. Graves, Ph.D.
  • Zaitao Pan, Ph.D.
  • Robert W. Pasken, Ph.D.
  • Mike Roberts
 Careers
SLU meteorology graduates work for federal and state government agencies, such as the National Weather Service, Federal Aviation Administration, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency. Others are employed in the private sector, conducting atmospheric and agricultural research, weather forecasting and air quality assessments.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid is available either through a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship. These are available on a competitive basis. Applications must be received by Feb. 1.

Applicant Criteria

Most admitted students possess excellent test scores, GPA and TOEFL scores (for international students).

You’ll also need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
GRE G score
Résumé
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship and Application Deadlines

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Feb. 1.

U.S. students should apply for the fall semester by July 1, and for the spring semester by Nov. 1. International students should apply for the fall semester by May 1, and for the spring semester by Oct. 1.

Review Process

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


Research

Collaborative Opportunities 

SLU is a founding member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), in Boulder, Colorado, under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation and NASA's DEVELOP program.