Weather Forecasting

Master Of Professional Science

Weather Forecasting Degree Track

This track is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in meteorology and seek graduate level training and experience in applied weather forecasting. The curriculum includes graduate-level course work in the analysis and preparation of weather forecasts, the effective 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. Students will also develop skills in different areas of service offered by the National Weather Service, including Severe Weather, Marine and Aviation Forecasts, Hydrology, and Tropical Cyclone Forecasting. Students will receive hands-on instruction using Weather Event Simulators developed for the National Weather Service to train their forecasters. This track also fosters skills in writing and public communication in the context of professional weather forecasting.

Weather Forecasting (WFC)

This track is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in meteorology and seek graduate level training and experience in applied weather forecasting.

Plan of Study Grid

CodeTitleCredit Hours
ANTH 617Archaeometry: The Science of Material Culture
MES 665Exploration Technology & Media3
MES 618Coastal Zone Management3
MES 616Ocean Policy & Development & Analysis3
MES 720Coastal Law & Policy3
MES 674From Gold to Glory: Evolving History & Ethics of Exploration3
MES 664Citizen Participatory Science3
OCE 642Physics of Remote Sensing I: Passive Systems3
OCE 643Physics of Remote Sensing II: Active Systems3
MBE 716Bayesian Statistics of Marine Scientists3
MES 606Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures3
MES 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
MES 710International Ocean Law And Governance3
RSM 646Scientific Communication: Presentation Bootcamp1
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.

Additional Elective Options

Fall Credit Hours
ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Science3
ATM 662Advanced Weather Forecasting3
ATM 653Climate 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)
3
Credit Hours12
SpringCredit Hours
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere 3
ATM 636Hurricanes (or ELECTIVE)3
RSM 645Scientific Communication (or ELECTIVE)3
RSM 620Climate and Society (or ELECTIVE)3
Credit Hours12
SummerCredit Hours
ATM 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
Total Credit Hours30
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin