The University of Arizona Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

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M.S. Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree requires 33 units of graduate work, including a core of 6 units of dynamic meteorology and 6 units of physical meteorology. A minimum of an additional 12 units of graduate-level atmospheric sciences coursework, 2 units of seminar, and 3 units of research are required. All candidates must submit a thesis or manuscript which has been judged by the student's committee to be acceptable for publication in an appropriate scientific journal, and present the results in a formal departmental seminar or at a scientific meeting. The Department does not offer a non-thesis option. Note that students without RA or TA support should normally carry 9 units each semester.

For more information regarding the program, forms and procedures view the following:

ATMO M.S. Handbook—Detailed information of the atmospheric sciences M.S program requirements

M.S. Checklist—A step by step checklist to use as a guide during the M.S. program

Procedures & Routing Sheet—A map of departmental procedures and the UA Graduate College’s GradPath forms and procedures

Plan of Study (POS) Form—the departmental POS form to complete before creating and submitting the GradPath POS form

Qualifying Exam Form—The departmental form used to show intent to take the qualifying exam and show exam results


Possible M.S. Degree Program

Semester Course Course Units
Fall 1 ATMO 541a
ATMO 551a
ATMO xxx (ATMO Elective)
3
3
3
Subtotal 9
Spring 1 ATMO 541b
ATMO 551b
ATMO xxx (ATMO Elective)
3
3
3
Subtotal 18
Fall 2
Quals (Written)
ATMO xxx (ATMO Elective)
ATMO xxx (ATMO Elective)
ATMO 900/910 (Manuscript/Thesis)
ATMO 596a (Seminar)
3
3
2
1
Subtotal 27
Spring 2 XXXX xxx (Elective)
ATMO 900/910 (Manuscript/Thesis)
ATMO 596a (Seminar)
3
2
1
Total 33