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

Dr. David Nolan

Weather Forecasting Track

(305) 421-4930
David Nolan is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science of the University of Miami. He is an expert on hurricanes, tropical meteorology, computer modeling of weather phenomena, and tornadoes. Nolan teaches courses on Atmospheric Dynamics, the General Circulation of the...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Credit Hours
ATM 651 Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics 3
ATM 662 Advanced Weather Forecasting 3
ATM 653 Climate Change (or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory (Can be taken in the Fall or Spring)
Credit Hours 12
Spring Credit Hours
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere (or ELECTIVE) 3
ATM 636 Hurricanes (or ELECTIVE) 3
RSM 649 Scientific Communication (or ELECTIVE) 3
RSM 620 Climate and Society (or ELECTIVE) 3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Credit Hours
ATM 805 MPS Internship 6
Credit Hours 6
Total Credit Hours 30


For more details, visit the UM Bulletin

Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the Rosenstiel School campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

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