Master of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne

Master of Science in Meteorology

Atmospheric science is focused on understanding Earth's gaseous envelope, predicting its evolution and mitigating human impacts. The M.S. program at Florida Tech is uniquely interdisciplinary, drawing on expertise from the College of Aeronautics, the College of Engineering and the College of Science. As such, the M.S. in meteorology can have special emphasis in areas such as marine meteorology, water resources, atmospheric chemistry, aviation meteorology or remote sensing. Collaborative research is conducted with specialists from the nearby NASA Kennedy Space Center, the USAF 45th Weather Squadron, the NOAA National Weather Service, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Wind and Hurricane Impacts Research Laboratory (WHIRL) and local government agencies or corporations.

Admission Requirements

A student applying for admission to the graduate meteorology program should have an undergraduate major in the physical sciences or engineering. Preparatory coursework may need to be completed before starting the master of science program, and completion of such courses may require additional time. Any such requirements will be determined by the program chair and graduate faculty before admission. The prospective student will be advised of these requirements before acceptance. Applicants must submit GRE General Test Scores for evaluation.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree requires satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours of required and elective courses including thesis, based on an approved plan developed in conjunction with the faculty advisor. A nonthesis option is also available, where in lieu of a thesis the student completes an additional nine credit hours of coursework (for a total of 33 credit hours) and must pass a written master's final program examination. Students with bachelor's degrees in meteorology normally take the core courses plus electives emphasizing their areas of special interest. Students with bachelor's degrees in fields other than meteorology are required to complete the core and other graduate courses in addition to appropriate courses necessary for certification as a professional meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society (see undergraduate curriculum). Students are required to attend the graduate seminar. A student registers for graduate seminar each semester and makes an oral presentation of research results after completing thesis research.

Required Courses CREDITS
ENS 5000 Environmental Sciences Seminar (each semester) 0
MET 5001 Principles of Atmospheric Science 3
MET 5233 Atmospheric Remote Sensing 3
MET 5305 Dynamic Meteorology 1 3
MET 5306 Dynamic Meteorology 2 3

Electives CREDITS
AVS 5201 Aviation Meteorology Theory and Practice 3
ENS 4001 The Earth System 3
ENS 4010 Geographic Information Systems 3
ENS 5001 Global Environmental Problems and Solutions 3
ENS 5101 Introduction to Air Pollution 3
ENS 5700 Introduction to Water Resources 3
ENS 5800 Limnology 3
MET 4310 Climatology 3
MET 4410 Mesoscale Meteorology 3
MET 5310 Numerical Weather Prediction 3
OCE 5570 Marine Hydrodynamics and Wave Theory 3
OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis 3
OCN 5001 Principles of Oceanography 3
OCN 5210 Marine and Environmental Chemistry 3
OCN 5401 Principles of Physical Oceanography   3
OCN 5403 Ocean Wave Theory 3
OCN 5405 Dynamic Oceanography 3
OCN 5407 Marine Meteorology 3
OCN 5409 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 3
OCN 5704 Oceanic Remote Sensing 3
PHY 5080 Thermodynamics 3
SPS 4030 Physics of the Atmosphere 3
SPS 5031 Planetary Science 2: Atmospheres 3

Note: Electives listed above are accepted in the M.S. Meteorology degree program, but no more than six credit hours of 4000-level courses from the department (ENS, MET, OCE, OCN) may be used for the master’s degree.