Weather Forecasting Degree Track

Hurricane Hurricane
Master of Professional Science

This track is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in meteorology and seek graduate level training in meteorology and atmospheric science and experience in weather forecasting. The curriculum includes graduate-level course work in atmospheric dynamics, preparation of weather forecasts, the use of numerical models, satellite, Doppler radar, and upper air data, and the application of this information to support a variety of specialized end-users, including agriculture, utilities, insurance, transportation, construction and other weather-sensitive industries. This track also fosters skills in public communication in the context of professional weather forecasting. Our graduates have gone to positions in the National Weather Service and many private companies in weather-related industries.


1. Undergraduate degree in meteorology that meets, or is consistent with, the American Meteorological Society standards for a B.S. in meteorology (; or an undergraduate degree in a closely related field (e.g., Math, Physics, Geosciences) with similar courses in math, physics, and chemistry. 

Please see our departmental website for more information about this program.

Program Requirements

Sharanya Majumdar

Weather Forecasting Track

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Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences - Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Sciences. Research Interests: Predictability of tropical cyclone formation, motion, and intensification; weather risk communication; ensemble prediction; targeted observations aimed at optimizing current and future observing systems; data assimilation. ...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Course Title Credit Hours
ATM 651 Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics 3
ATM 662 Advanced Weather Forecasting 3
Approved Elective 3
RSM 700 Research Ethics 0
Credit Hours 12
Spring Course Title Credit Hours
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere 3
Approved Elective 3
Approved Elective 3
Approved Elective 3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Course Title Credit Hours
ATM 805 MPS Internship 2 2-6
Credit Hours 6
Total Credit Hours 30

*  or Elective

1  Can be taken in Fall or Spring

2  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.

Additional Elective Options

Code Title Credit Hours
ATM 731 Air-Sea Interaction 3
ATM 632 Broadcast Meteorology 3
RSM 670 Carbon and Climate 3
ATM 663 Mesoscale Meteorology 3
ATM 762 Computer Models in Fluid Dynamics 3
ATM 624 Applied Data Analysis 3
MES 664 Citizen Participatory Science 3
ATM 611 Geophyscial Fluid Dynamics I 3
ATM 633 Atmospheric Boubdary Layer 3
ATM 660 Tropospheric Chemistry I  3