Broadcast Metereology

Master Of Professional Science

Broadcast Meteorology Degree Track

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 RSMAS.

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.

Plan of Study Grid

Total Credit Hours30
FallCredit Hours
ATM 651
or 614
Introduction to Atmospheric Science
or Introduction to Weather and Climate
3
ATM 662Advanced Weather Forecasting3
JMM 615Writing and Reporting Across Platforms3
JMM 605
or 619
News Technologies.
or Interactive Storytelling
3
Credit Hours12
SpringCredit Hours
ATM 532Broadcast Meteorology3
JMM 617Television News Reporting3
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere (Or Elective)3
RSM 620Climate and Society3
Credit Hours12
SummerCredit Hours
ATM 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
Elective Options

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

Course List

CodeTitleCredit Hours
RSM 620Climate and Society3
ATM 731Air-Sea Interaction3
ATM 732Climate Dynamics3
ATM 663Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms3
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere3
ATM 611Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I3
ATM 633Atmospheric Boundary Layer3
ATM 661Tropical Atmosphere and Ocean3
ATM 660Tropospheric Chemistry I3
JMM 633Social Media3
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin