• First Maryland Mesonet Tower
    Installed In Clarksville Maryland
  • Students Build Micronet to Bring
    Hyperlocal Weather Reports to Campus
  • Atmospheric and oceanic science course offers
    UMD students experiential learning opportunity
  • State of Maryland and AOSC Partner to Build
    World-class System of Weather-observing Towers
  • Zhanqing Li, honored
    Distinguished University Professor
  • Clearing the Air with AOSC
    Professor Russ Dickerson
  • Another Kind of
    Tree Planting
  • AOSC and NOAA Explore Impact of
    COVID-19 Shutdown on Air Quality
  • Sunny Outlook for New
    Broadcast Meteorology Class
  • UMD Flights Help the State
    Understand Air Quality

Our undergraduate major has been designed to teach broad-based knowledge in meteorology, oceanography, climate and air pollution. We offer small class sizes, outstanding teachers and mentors, and an active student organization. With our proximity to Washington, D.C., we are close to co-op, internships, summer and full-time job opportunities as well as museums; music, art and sports venues; and much more.

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AOSC Program Overview

Our MS/PhD program ranks among the Top 10 oceanography, atmospheric sciences and meteorology programs by the National Research Council and higher than any other institution on the East Coast. The department is particularly strong in the research areas of atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, mesoscale to global numerical weather prediction, data assimilation, Earth sciences and climate, physical cceanography, remote sensing, and dynamics with predictability. Click the image below for a general overview of AOSC. 

We are now seeking applicants for Fall 2024. Visit the AOSC graduate admissions page for details.

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Important dates for prospective students

Dissertation Information (Updated September, 2021)

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Technology is a 30-credit program designed for meteorologists, oceanographers and environmental scientists who need cutting-edge skills and knowledge in atmospheric and oceanic science, in the computational methods used in the field, and in air quality science.

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The combined B.S./M.S. program is structured in that it is possible to obtain both a Bachelors and Masters Degree within a 5 year period. Students with a combined B.S./M.S. in atmospheric sciences position themselves for admission and funding opportunities in competitive Ph.D. programs.

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