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

Total Credit Hours30
FallCredit Hours
ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Science3
ATM 662Advanced Weather Forecasting3
ATM 732Climate Dynamics (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) or ELECTIVE
3
Credit Hours12
SpringCredit Hours
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere (or ELECTIVE)3
ATM 661Tropical Atmosphere and Ocean (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
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

CodeTitleCredit Hours
ATM 731Air-Sea Interaction3
ATM 532Broadcast Meteorology3
RSM 670Carbon and Climate3
ATM 732Climate Dynamics3
ATM 762Computer Models in Fluid Dynamics3
ATM 663Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms3
ATM 611Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I3
ATM 633Atmospheric Boundary Layer3
OCE 602Oceanography II (Physical)3
RSM 645Scientific Communication3
ATM 660Tropospheric Chemistry I3
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin