How to Apply

Students who wish to study in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science should apply for admission to the University of Maryland. There is no separate application for atmospheric and oceanic science. When filling out the university application, you should choose atmospheric and oceanic science as your intended major.

NEW UPDATED - OCT 31, 2023
The AOSC Department is committed to fostering a brilliant community of people from diverse backgrounds with unique perspectives who can contribute to a stronger learning environment for the entire program.  

Additional personal experience questions have been added in order to ensure a holistic admissions process that attracts, recruits, supports and graduates a diverse cohort of exceptional students.  Applicants are required to answer 1 of the 3 personal prompts; a one page response is sufficient, but is not a limit in length. Please use as much space as needed.

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We highly recommend that you visit us when classes are in session and sit in on a class or two so that you can see our high-quality teaching for yourself. You can also meet our undergraduate advisor, our associate chair for undergraduate education, some of our current students and professors who would be happy to answer your questions about our program. Please contact Genevieve Cooper at 301-405-5391 or to make arrangements.