Professional Master's Program

Why Atmospheric & Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland?

The MPS program in atmospheric and oceanic science technology is designed with the needs of working professionals in mind.

Our program is designed for meteorologists, oceanographers and environmental scientists who need cutting-edge skills and knowledge.


Our program can be completed on a part-time basis over no more than 5 years, or on a full-time basis in 1 year and one semester.

Find out how to apply to our program, including prerequisites and application deadlines.


Learn what math and science classes we recommend in your undergraduate background.

Students in this program pay a special tuition rate.


Fellowships are also available for NOAA employees.

If you have any questions about our MPS program in atmospheric and oceanic science technology, please contact us.


Globally Ranked

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

Academic Ranking of World Universities

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

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.

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.

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.