Overview

The Master of Professional Science (MPS) in Broadcast Meteorology (BME) provides a greater understanding of the broad environmental issues of the 21st Century, and prepares students with the tools, training, and education necessary for careers in broadcast meteorology.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:
  1. Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.)
  2. One year of Calculus and a minimum of 12 credits in natural science strongly recommended

Note to students: Deficiencies in required coursework may be considered on a case by case basis for otherwise highly qualified students or those demonstrating experience with these skills.

All application requirements are available here.

Curriculum Requirements

ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics3
or ATM 614 Introduction to Weather and Climate
ATM 662Advanced Weather Forecasting3
JMM 615Writing and Reporting Across Platforms3
JMM 605News Technologies3
or JMM 619 Interactive Storytelling
ATM 632Broadcast Meteorology3
JMM 617Television News Reporting3
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere (or ELECTIVE)3
RSM 620Climate and Society3
ATM 805MPS Internship 12-6
Total Credit Hours30
1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options

Students may substitute elective coursework for one or more of the above courses with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

RSM 620Climate and Society3
ATM 731Air-Sea Interaction3
ATM 732Climate Dynamics3
ATM 663Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms3
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere3
ATM 611Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I3
ATM 633Atmospheric Boundary Layer3
ATM 660Tropospheric Chemistry I3
JMM 633Social Media3

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ATM 651 or 614 Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
or Introduction to Weather and Climate
3
ATM 662 Advanced Weather Forecasting 3
JMM 615 Writing and Reporting Across Platforms 3
JMM 605 or 619 News Technologies
or Interactive Storytelling
3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
ATM 632 Broadcast Meteorology 3
JMM 617 Television News Reporting 3
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere * 3
RSM 620 Climate and Society 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer
ATM 805 MPS Internship 1 2-6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30
*

or Elective

1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Mission

The mission of the Master of Professional Science (MPS) in Broadcast Meteorology (BME) is to provide students with a solid foundation in the study of meteorology, as well as training for on-camera and behind-the-scenes careers in broadcast meteorology.  In addition, the track's mission is to provide experiential learning for the development and delivery of a professional weathercast, as well as the opportunity to develop the knowledge and training necessary to enter the broader field of science journalism. 

Goals

The goal of the Broadcast Meteorology (BME) track is to integrate graduate coursework in broadcast journalism from UM’s School of Communications with advanced courses in Meteorology from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) for comprehensive training in the field of broadcast meteorology. Within this realm, students will receive hands-on training in UM’s state-of-the-art digital studio and learn the proper techniques involved in preparing and presenting a complete and professional weathercast.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn to research, analyze, predict, and then graphically and verbally communicate local and national weather forecasts “on camera”.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of field and lab work during their internships.
  • Students will submit a written, final report and give an oral presentation based on original work/research in their chosen field completed during their internship.