Meteorology (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) | Master of Professional Meteorology Degree
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is committed to providing the highest quality education for all our students:
We strive, through excellence in research, to contribute to new understanding of our Earth and its atmosphere and to pass on to students the rewards of participating in scientific discovery
We strive, through devotion to teaching, to arouse in students throughout the university a desire for learning, an appreciation of science and curiosity about Earth's global environment.
We strive, through active outreach to the community, to serve and share with others our experience and knowledge and to provide a thorough and rigourous education in the atmospheric sciences that enables students to seek careers in the academic, research, or operational communities.
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|Fall: April 1 (International: March 1)||Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G; A Resume and Professional Goal Statement is desired||
(Advantages of the web application)
|Spring: November 1 (International: Oct. 1)|
|Summer: April 1 (Domestic applicants only)|
Tel. No.: 314.977.3131
|Chair: William Dannevik, Ph.D.
Meteorology Director: Zaitao Pan, Ph.D.
Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score
Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- Standardized test scores are considered as well as GPA and TOEFL (if applicable)
- Of every applicant, a committee examines and reviews each item of their application wholly.
Meteorology Application Review Process
Faculty committee members examine qualified applicants' materials and make recommendations.
The M.S. (Professional) typically takes 1 1/2 - 2 years to complete.
Credit Hours/Coursework: The Masters of Science in Professional Meteorology requires 30 hours of course work and 3 hours in EAS-A 589, Research Seminar. In the latter course, the student works on a research topic that is more limited in scope than for the research degree. | EAS Graduate Course Descriptions
Program Description: The professional degree is often sought by those students with a time limitation to their program, as it is very focused and can usually be completed within 2 years. Students anticipating that this will be their terminal degree take the professional route. | Graduate Study in Meteorology
Careers Possibilities: Atmospheric Scientist; Climatologist; Environmental Lawyer. Our graduates have found employment in the National Weather Service, Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and private meteorological firms (e.g., Dames and Moore). Some graduates have found opportunities in computer science-related activities. For this reason we urge students to take 1-2 computer science courses to help diversify their background. A rule of thumb is that it takes about 6 months to find a job, providing the economy is relatively robust and you are willing to accept a position in any region of the U.S. You should be flexible in this regard. As you gain experience and ability you can become more selective about what job you accept.
Curriculum & Program Details: The student does prepare a report for his or her committee, but it is not of thesis quality. An oral defense is required before the committee. It is not intended to be a program for marginal students. It is every bit as rigorous as the research degree, but different in scope. | EAS Student Information
About the EAS Faculty: Funding, through awards and grants, for research is obtained from NOAA, UCAR/COMET, NSF and NASA. Faculty interest and research disciplines include: Severe local storms, hurricanes, heavy precipitation and aerosol transport processes. | EAS Faculty Directory
Scholarships & Financial Aid: Financial aid is available either through a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship. These are available on a competitive basis. In some cases a student will be asked to pay his/her own way for the first semester (or two) until a TA position becomes available. We will do our best to help eligible students. Student loans can be arranged through the Financial Aid office (DuBourg Hall, Room 151 | 314.977.2350). Some international students are supported by their governments. Some are supported by the U.S. agencies (such as, NOAA - Office of International Programs). The Graduate School answers the inquiries of international students by sending a preliminary application form. Some international students can be offered a TA or RA. | Financial Aid for Geoscience graduate students | Student Financial Services at SLU
Program Highlights: The Department is a charter member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation. External funding for research comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The department has a dedicated synoptic computer lab and receives real-time data from both satellite downlink and the Internet. Software for displaying and analyzing weather data comes from Unidata Program Center, the National Weather Service, and locally written code. | EAS Research Facilities