Broadcast Meteorology Degree Track

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Master of Professional Science

Broadcast meteorology is a rapidly growing and evolving field and one of the largest sources of employment in the private sector of meteorology. This track option prepares student for both on-camera and behind-the-scenes careers in broadcast meteorology, as well as the opportunity to develop the knowledge and training necessary to enter the broader field of science journalism. The curriculum integrates graduate coursework in broadcast journalism from UM’s School of Communications, with advanced courses in Meteorology at Rosenstiel School.

Students receive hands-on training in UM’s state-of-the-art digital studio and learn the proper techniques involved in preparing and presenting a complete and professional weathercast. The UMTV studio is fully equipped to deliver professional, on-air graphics with real-time data feeds and visualization software from Weather Central. Students will learn to research, analyze, predict, and then graphically and verbally communicate local and national weather forecasts “on camera”. Students will also learn how to master breaking news, severe weather bulletins, ad-libbing, deadlines, teamwork, and other skills vital to a successful career in broadcasting. Students also participate in UM’s award-winning news broadcast “NewsVision”, which is aired daily on local cable channels to the university and the surrounding community. This enables students to apply their knowledge of journalism and weather forecasting in a TV studio and develop their skills in communication, computer graphics, and on-camera delivery. The coursework is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in both meteorology and broadcast journalism, in order to meet the basic requirements of the AMS Certification for Broadcast Meteorology and also provide students with a greater understanding of the broad environmental issues of the 21st Century.

Broadcast Meteorology (BME)

The MPS in Broadcast Meteorology prepares student for both on-camera and behind-the-scenes careers in broadcast meteorology, as well as the opportunity to develop the knowledge and training necessary to enter the broader field of science journalism.  Please see our departmental website for more information about this program.

Program Requirements


Dr. Brian Soden

Weather Climate and Society Track

b.soden@miami.edu

(305) 421-4202
Position and Research Expertise Brian Soden is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. He specializes in the use of satellite observations to test and improve computer simulations of Earth's climate. His areas of interest include understanding climate...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Course Title Credit Hours
ATM 651
or 614
Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
or Introduction to Weather and Climate
3
ATM 662 Advanced Weather Forecasting 3
JMM 615 Writing and Reporting Across Platforms 3
JMM 605
or 619
News Technologies
or Interactive Storytelling
3
Credit Hours 12
Spring Course Title Credit Hours
ATM 632 Broadcast Meteorology 3
JMM 617 Television News Reporting 3
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere * 3
RSM 620 Climate and Society 3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Course Title Credit Hours
ATM 805 MPS Internship 1 2-6
Credit Hours 6
Total Credit Hours 30

*  or Elective

1  Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options

Students may request elective courses with the consent of their Academic Advisor. Refer to the course schedules for a list of classes available on the Rosenstiel School campus. The course offerings may vary from semester to semester. For more details, visit the UM Academic Bulletin.