Prospective Students

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.

Our program is typically for full-time students who work intensively with an advisor to complete a significant research project during the course of their degree.  


Our program is particularly strong in 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.

Our program immerses students in the fundamentals of atmospheric and oceanic science in preparation to complete a significant research project. 


Our core courses are arranged in three areas: Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Oceans, Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere, and Climate and Earth System Science.


Find out about our program's prerequisites and standardized testing requirements. Also, learn about requirements for international students. 


To apply, complete the online graduate application, upload a copy of the official transcript for each institution you attended, and pay a non-refundable $75 application processing fee.

Our most qualified applicants are awarded fellowships, research assistantships, or teaching assistantships. These include a stipend, tuition remission, and enrollment in university health insurance.


Most of our students are not required to teach, allowing them to focus more on research.

If you have any questions about our program, admissions, tours, or more, please contact us.