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Atmospheric Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
    Duration
University rank #85 (BCR) Tucson, AZ, United States
The Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers programs leading to Doctor of Philosophy degree in atmospheric sciences and hydrometeorology.
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Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is primarily a research degree. The candidate must complete at least 36 units of graduate course credit in the major field, including a core of 6 units of dynamic meteorology and 6 units of physical meteorology. An additional 18 units of other graduate-level atmospheric sciences courses and 6 units of graduate-level elective coursework completes the 36 credit requirement. In addition, the candidate must complete 18 units of dissertation credit, 2 units of ATMO seminar, and fulfill the minor requirement (typically 12 units, depending on the minor Department). All Ph.D. students must pass a written and oral Comprehensive Examination, and complete and defend a dissertation based on original research.

Students accepted into the graduate program without a Master's of Science (M.S.) degree must first successfully complete the M.S. program before proceeding with the Ph.D. Students entering the Ph.D. program with an M.S. degree in another field are permitted to minor within the department with the approval of their committee. This minor will consist of 12 units of atmospheric sciences at the graduate level in subjects other than those directly related to their area of research.

The program is highly quantitative, it is required for applicants to have a strong background in physics and calculus.

Active research in the following areas:

  • Atmospheric Chemistry & Aerosols
  • Changes in Hydrologic Extremes Under a Warmer Climate
  • Climate & Global Change
  • COSMOS Soil Moisture Measurement
  • Improving Monsoon Predictability
  • Integrated Evaluations and Applications of the NASA MERRA Reanalysis Data
  • Land Processes in the NCAR CCSM
  • Land Processes in the NCEP Weather Forecasting Model
  • Lightning & Atmospheric Electricity
  • Radiation & Remote Sensing
  • Tropical Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones
  • Weather Analysis & Predictability

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    66 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Dynamic Meteorology I
  • Dynamic Meteorology II
  • Physical Meteorology I
  • Physical Meteorology II
  • Progress in Atmospheric Sciences
  •  coursework related to major field of study
  • dissertation work
  • coursework in minor field of study

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    8

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  • Minimum required score:

    95

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Minimum GRE Quantitative: 159Minimum GRE Written: 4.5

    This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:

    4.5

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Scanned copies of original transcripts; There is no need to send original transcripts with official seal and signature unless you are accepted into our program.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (submitted online)
  • GRE Scores
  • Resume/CV
  • Scanned copies of TOEFL Report of Scores: Minimum 550 or 95
  • A statement of interest indicating your research preferences
  • (Optional) Completed ATMO Graduate Assistantship Application form. The form is available under "Graduate Studies/Application Procedure" page at the departmental  website

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1729 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1729 USD per module and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    812 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 812 USD per module and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Tucson

  • 830 - 1140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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