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MS/PhD Program

Why Choose Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland?

The perfect location for collaboration and ranked in the Top 10 oceanography, atmospheric sciences and meteorology programs by the National Research Council.

UMD is centrally located near several top national research centers such as NASA, NOAA, NIST and the EPA and companies like Weather Bug (Earth Networks).

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UMD's research park also includes NOAA's Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, the Joint Global Change Research Institute, and UMD's Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center.

Our proximity to government agencies and research institutions creates opportunities for our students to participate in research collaborations.

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The Department is particularly strong in Atmospheric Chemistry, Numerical Weather Prediction, Data Assimilation, Climate, Physical Oceanography, Remote Sensing, and Dynamics with Predictability.

Our students receive full support for five years (tuition, benefits, stipend) in most cases, via fellowships, research or teaching assistantships.

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Our students also receive prestigious fellowships from the NSF, NASA, DOE and other organizations.

Our students enjoy social and cultural experiences from College Park to the nation's capital with our active graduate student organization, MetoGrads.

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MetoGrads serves as a focal point to help organize orientations, seminars, and social events for AOSC graduate students.

Globally Ranked

Ranked among the Top 10 oceanography, atmospheric sciences and meteorology programs by the National Research Council.

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Academic Ranking of World Universities

UMD ranks 8th among U.S. public institutions in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities for earth sciences.

10th
Nature Index Ranking

UMD ranks 10th among U.S. public universities in the 2019 Nature Index for earth & environmental sciences, which focuses on high-quality research output.

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Best Global Universities Ranking

UMD ranks 12th among U.S. public institutions in the U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings for environment/ecology.

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Best Graduate Schools

UMD ranks 16th among U.S. public institutions in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools rankings for earth sciences.

AOSC Graduate Students