Overview

The Master of Professional Science in Weather Forecasting (WFC) is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in meteorology and seek graduate-level training and experience in applied weather forecasting.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:
 
  1. Undergraduate degree in Meteorology, or closely related field (e.g. Math, Physics, or Geosciences)

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
ATM 662Advanced Weather Forecasting3
ATM 653Climate Change3
or ATM 652 Introduction to Atmospheric Physics
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere3
ATM 636Hurricanes3
or ATM 663 Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms
or ATM 624 Applied Data Analysis
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
RSM 620Climate and Society (or ELECTIVE)3
ELECTIVE3
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 take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

ATM 731Air-Sea Interaction3
ATM 632Broadcast Meteorology3
ATM 762Computer Models in Fluid Dynamics3
ATM 636Hurricanes3
ATM 624Applied Data Analysis3
ATM 663Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms3
ATM 653Climate Change3
ATM 611Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I3
ATM 633Atmospheric Boundary Layer3
ATM 660Tropospheric Chemistry I3

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ATM 651 Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics 3
ATM 662 Advanced Weather Forecasting 3
ATM 653 or 652 Climate Change
or Introduction to Atmospheric Physics
3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory 1
3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
ATM 636, 633,
Hurricanes
or Atmospheric Boundary Layer
or Applied Data Analysis
3
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere 3
RSM 620 Climate and Society * 3
ELECTIVE 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer
ATM 805 MPS Internship 2 2-6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30
*

or Elective

1

Can be taken in Fall or Spring

2

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 Weather Forecasting track is to provide students who have an undergraduate degree in meteorology graduate-level education in atmospheric dynamics, meteorology, and climate, and also experience in applied weather forecasting. This education and experience will make the graduates of the program competitive for forecasting positions at the National Weather Service or other weather-related employment opportunities in agriculture, utilities, insurance, transportation, construction, and other weather-sensitive industries.

Goals

Students will gain a deeper understanding of physical processes that control the weather and climate, and also develop skills in different areas of service offered by the National Weather Service, including Severe Weather, Marine and Aviation Forecasts, Hydrology, and Tropical Cyclone Forecasting. Students will gain knowledge in the analysis and preparation of weather forecasts, the effective use of numerical models, satellite, Doppler radar, and upper air data, and the application of this information to support a variety of specialized end-users. This track also fosters skills in writing and public communication in the context of professional weather forecasting.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Weather Forecasting students will gain graduate-level understanding of weather and climate and become familiar with research directions in these areas.
  • Students will be able to analyze and prepare weather forecasts using a variety of global and regional weather models and apply this information to a variety of end-users.
  • Students will submit a final, written report and deliver a final presentation based on the work completed in their internship.