Students apply to the M.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences through one of the named options:

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Major Requirements


Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement At least half of degree coursework (15 out of 30 total credits) must be in graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide (
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required
Other Grade Requirements See Named Options for policy information.
Assessments and Examinations See Named Options for policy information.
Language Requirements No language requirements.


Select a Named Option for required courses.

Named Options

A named option is a formally documented sub-major within an academic major program. Named options appear on the transcript with degree conferral. Students pursuing the Master of Science in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences must select one of the named options:

Students should refer to one of the named options for policy information:

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

Program Resources

Please go to the AOS handbook to see the professional development resources available to our graduate students.

  1. (Research Program or Professional Program): Acquisition of a broad foundation of knowledge contained in our graduate-level core courses
  2. (Research Program) Have learned the historical origin and significance of certain issues central to the field by conducting original research
  3. (Research Program or Professional Program): Have developed a good problem-solving skill that prepares them to become efficient supporting scientists for research institutions or effective career atmospheric professionals in operational units of government or commercial institutions.
  4. (Research Program): Articulate, critique, or elaborate the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry or schools of practice in the field of study.
  5. (Research Program or Professional Program): Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct.
  6. (Professional Program): Gain practical hands-on experience in professional atmospheric science careers