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 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.

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 and Atmospheric 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

Code Title Credit Hours
ANTH 617 Archaeometry: The Science of Material Culture
MES 665 Exploration Technology & Media 3
MES 618 Coastal Zone Management 3
MES 616 Ocean Policy & Development & Analysis 3
MES 720 Coastal Law & Policy 3
MES 674 From Gold to Glory: Evolving History & Ethics of Exploration 3
MES 664 Citizen Participatory Science 3
OCE 642 Physics of Remote Sensing I: Passive Systems 3
OCE 643 Physics of Remote Sensing II: Active Systems 3
MBE 716 Bayesian Statistics of Marine Scientists 3
MES 606 Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures 3
MES 610 Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement 3
MES 710 International Ocean Law And Governance 3
RSM 646 Scientific Communication: Presentation Bootcamp 1

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 651 Introduction to Atmospheric Science 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 3
ATM 636 Hurricanes (or ELECTIVE) 3
RSM 645 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


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