The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office is located near SLU and regularly accepts SLU students for internships. Classes also take field trips to the office to experience NWS operations.
Students who graduate from Saint Louis University's meteorology programs are trained to be meteorologists. They study the dynamics of air motion; physical processes such as transfer of radiation; and convection resulting in severe storms, flash floods and hurricanes. Research is underway at SLU on heavy precipitation, regional climate and air quality using numerical weather prediction models. Faculty members collaborate with research meteorologists at national centers, as well as operational meteorologists at the St. Louis National Weather Service forecast offices.
SLU is a founding member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), in Boulder, Colorado, under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation and NASA's DEVELOP program.
The Master of Science in Meteorology requires 24 credits of coursework and six credits of thesis research. It is geared to students planning to enter SLU's meteorology doctoral program after completion, as well as those who want to work in a research capacity or enhance their qualifications for forecasting positions.
SLU's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences a charter member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation. External funding for research comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The department has a dedicated synoptic computer lab and receives real-time data from both satellite downlink and the Internet.
Software for displaying and analyzing weather data comes from Unidata Program Center, the National Weather Service, and locally written code.
SLU meteorology graduates work for federal and state government agencies, such as the National Weather Service, Federal Aviation Administration, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency. Others are employed in the private sector, conducting atmospheric and agricultural research, weather forecasting and air quality assessments.
Successful applicants possess sufficient test scores, GPA and TOEFL scores (for international students).
An undergraduate degree in meteorology or a related field.
All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:
Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their applications by Jan. 2.
U.S. students should apply for the fall semester by July 1 and for the spring semester by Nov. 1. International students should apply for the fall semester by May 1 and for the spring semester by Oct. 1.
Faculty committee members examine qualified applicants' materials and make recommendations.
For priority consideration for a graduate assistantship, applicants should complete their applications by the program admission deadlines listed. Fellowships and assistantships provide a stipend and may include health insurance and a tuition scholarship for the duration of the award.
For more information, visit the student financial services office online at http://www.slu.edu/financial-aid.
|EAS 5300||Seminar in Atmospheric Science||1|
|EAS 5330||Communicating in Research||2|
|Select 21 credits of the following:||21|
|Computing in Atmospheric Science|
|Meteorology of Severe Storms|
|Stat Methods in Meteorology|
|Principles of Radiative Transference|
|Convection in the Atmosphere|
|Graduate Reading Course|
|Gen Circulation of Atmosphere|
|Introduction to Geographic Information Systems|
|EAS 5990||Thesis Research||6|
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.
Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
& EAS 5330
|Seminar in Atmospheric Science
and Communicating in Research (Required)
|Two other graduate courses||6|
|Three graduate courses||9|
|EAS 5980||Graduate Reading Course||3|
|MS qualifying exam (Early semester)|
|EAS 5990||Thesis Research||3|
|One graduate course||2|
|EAS 5300||Seminar in Atmospheric Science (when offered)||1|
|EAS 5990||Thesis Research||3|
|EAS 5990||Thesis Research||0|
Requirements for M.S. degree include 24 credits, including required 3 credits of EAS 5300 Seminar in Atmospheric Science (0-1 cr)/EAS 5330 Communicating in Research (2 cr) combination, 6 credits of thesis research, and M.S. qualifying exam.