Masters in Meteorology

8223
Master of Science
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8223 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction:  No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

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
  • ENS 5000 Environmental Science Seminar
    (each semester)
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MET 5001 Principles of Atmospheric Science
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MET 5233 Atmospheric Remote Sensing
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MET 5305 Dynamic Meteorology 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MET 5306 Dynamic Meteorology 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Electives
  • AVS 5201 Aviation Meteorology Theory and Practice
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4001 The Earth System: Science, Engineering, Management and Education
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4010 Geographic Information Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 5001 Global Environmental Problems and Solutions
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 5101 Introduction to Air Pollution
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 5700 Introduction to Water Resources
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 5800 Limnology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MET 4310 Climatology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MET 4410 Mesoscale Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MET 5310 Numerical Weather Prediction
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MET 5320 Global Climate Change
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 5570 Marine Hydrodynamics and Wave Theory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 5001 Principles of Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 5210 Marine and Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 5401 Principles of Physical Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 5403 Ocean Wave Theory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 5405 Dynamic Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 5407 Marine Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 5409 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 5704 Oceanic Remote Sensing
    Credit Hours: 0
  • SPS 4030 Physics of the Atmosphere
    Credit Hours: 0
  • SPS 5031 Planetary Science 2: Atmospheres
    Credit Hours: 0

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.