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Master of Science in Atmospheric Science

Master of Science in Atmospheric Science

  • QS World University Rankings
    801-1000
  • Study Level Masters
  • Scholarships No
The Department of Atmospheric Science offers programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The degree programs incorporate both coursework and research activity components. Students take core courses and elective courses chosen from those offered in our graduate curriculum and through other departments. A student's coursework program may be tailored to his/her specific needs and interests. Students earning degrees in Atmospheric Science must show proficiency in the core courses through adequate progress in the classroom. Students pursuing Ph.D. degrees must additionally pass a Qualifying Exam. The assessment (Qualifying Exam) is based on material from the core courses and provides an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in topics covered in the core curriculum. Requirements for a Master’s Degree are set by the University and include a total of 30 hours; 26 hours of coursework and a minimum of 4 thesis research hours. All M.S. students are required to complete the ATSC core courses (see M.S. Program of Study) that include 9/8 hours in the first/second semester and 3 hours in the third semester, for a total of 20 hours. The remaining 6 hours of coursework should be divided amongst electives directed toward courses relevant to the student’s research. Choice of appropriate electives should be made with consultation of the student’s advisor. Completion of the UW Program of Study should be completed prior to the beginning of the third semester of coursework. Research for M.S. students should begin during the first semester. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors on a regular basis throughout the first semester to identify the primary objectives of their thesis research. Students will be expected to present their research objectives at the end of the first semester in the ATSC5018: Research Methods and Ethics. Research should continue through the ensuing semesters (and breaks) and will become a larger portion of the student’s overall workload as course-load decreases. By the end of the second semester, students should have a committee and completed the UW Committee Assignment form. Prior to (or during) the third semester, students should prepare a Research Plan. The Research Plan will be presented to the student’s committee who will vote to approve or disapprove the plan. Approval may include suggestions to improve the research outcome. The Research Plan will outline the student’s proposed research project and should include relevant background information (literature review), preliminary results from work already accomplished, a list of work to be completed, and a reasonable timeline. Details of the Research Plan are provided below. Submission and approval of the Program of Study and approval of the Research Plan elevates the status of a M.S. Student to M.S. Candidate, along with a commensurate increase in stipend. During the third and fourth semesters, M.S. Candidates will be completing the work outlined in the Research Plan. Compilation of the student’s thesis is often occurring at the same time. Ideally, the thesis defense will occur during or shortly after the fourth semester. The defense will consist of a public presentation of the student’s research followed by a question and answer session with the student’s committee.

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