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Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #6 (WUR) Princeton, NJ, United States
The Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) offers graduate study under the sponsorship of the Department of Geosciences. The Princeton AOS graduate program emphasizes theoretical studies and numerical model studies of the global climate system, and applicants are expected to have a strong background in natural sciences and mathematics.
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Overview

  •  The AOS program benefits from the research capabilities of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is located on the Forrestal Campus. GFDL has a major in-house supercomputer facility to which students have direct access for their research. Many GFDL scientists are active in the AOS program as lecturers with the rank of assistant through full professor. The Department of Geosciences, with its activities in physical and chemical oceanography, paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, collaborates with GFDL in providing an academic program of courses and seminars.
  • The highly flexible graduate program offers students opportunities for research and courses in a wide variety of disciplines related to climate, atmospheric sciences and oceanography, including geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemistry of the land and ocean, atmospheric modeling, ocean modeling, climate dynamics, global climate change and paleo-climate. Through the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) Program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute, students can explore climate- [and air pollution-] related policy.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses listed below are graduate-level courses that have been approved by the program’s faculty as well as the Curriculum Subcommittee of the Faculty Committee on the Graduate School as permanent course offerings. Permanent courses may be offered by the department or program on an ongoing basis, depending on curricular needs, scheduling requirements, and student interest.

Courses include:

  • Inverse Methods: Theory and Applications
  • Atmospheric Radiative Transfer
  • Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical Prediction of the Atmosphere and Ocean
  • Climate of the Earth: Present, Past and Future
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Aerosol Observations and Modeling
  • Responsible Conduct of Research in Geosciences (Half-Term)

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

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General Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Transcripts
  • Fall Semester Grades
  • Prerequisite Tests
  • English Language Tests
  • GRE 
  • Application Fee: $90

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49450 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    49450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49450 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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For Ph.D. candidates, tuition and fees are provided in the form of tuition support from fellowships, assistantships, or external sources.

Living costs for Princeton

  • 2022 - 4980 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Sources of Funding

  • Fellowships
  • Assistantships
  • External Funding
  • Veteran's Benefits
  • Travel Grants
  • Education Loans and Work Study
  • Assistance Programs

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