Saint Louis University's master's degree in meteorology is geared toward students who plan to enter SLU's meteorology doctoral program after completion. It is also a good fit for students who want to work in a research capacity or enhance their qualifications for forecasting positions.
SLU's meteorology program collaborates with research and operational meteorologists at national centers and the St. Louis National Weather Service forecast offices.
Meteorology master's students at SLU study the dynamics of air motion; physical processes such as transfer of radiation; and convection resulting in severe storms, flash floods and hurricanes.
The Master of Science in Meteorology requires 24 credits of coursework and six credits of thesis research. Meteorology research is underway at SLU on heavy precipitation, regional climate and air quality using numerical weather prediction models.
Fieldwork and Research Opportunities
SLU's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is 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 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 GPA and English proficiency scores (for international students) and research interests compatible with ongoing research in the department.
An undergraduate degree in meteorology or a related field, including coursework in differential equations and physics.
- Application form
- Three letters of recommendation
- Professional goal statement
- GRE scores are optional
Requirements for International Students
All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students. International students must also meet the following additional requirements:
- Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
- Financial documents are required to complete an application for admission and be reviewed for admission and merit scholarships.
- Proof of financial support that must include:
- A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the student's time at Saint Louis University
- A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of the student's study at the University
- Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include:
- Courses taken and/or lectures attended
- Practical laboratory work
- The maximum and minimum grades attainable
- The grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations
- Any honors or degrees received.
WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.
Application and Assistantship Application Deadlines
Students typically begin the program in the fall semester. Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their applications by Jan. 2. Late applications and applications for the spring semester will be considered if positions are available.
Faculty committee members examine qualified applicants' materials and make recommendations.
|Cost Per Credit
Additional charges may apply. Other resources are listed below:
Scholarships, Assistantships and Financial Aid
For priority consideration for a graduate assistantship, apply 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.
- Graduates will be able to assess relevant literature or scholarly contributions in the Earth and atmospheric sciences.
- Graduates will be able to apply the major practices, theories or research methodologies in the Earth and atmospheric sciences.
- Graduates will be able to apply knowledge from the Earth and atmospheric sciences to address problems in broader contexts.
- Graduates will be able to articulate arguments or explanations to both a disciplinary or professional audience and to a general audience in oral forms.
- Graduates will be able to articulate arguments or explanations to both a disciplinary or professional audience and to a general audience in written forms.
- Graduates will be able to evidence scholarly and/or professional integrity in Earth and atmospheric sciences.
|Seminar in Atmospheric Science
|Communicating in Research
|Select 21 credits of the following:
|Computing in Atmospheric Science
|Meteorology of Severe Storms
|Principles of Radiative Transference
|Stat Methods in Meteorology
|Principles of Dynamic Meteorology I
|Principles of Dynamic Meteorology II
|Convection in the Atmosphere
|Graduate Reading Course
|Gen Circulation of Atmosphere
|Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
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
|Three graduate courses
|Graduate Reading Course
|One graduate course
|Seminar in Atmospheric Science (when offered)
Requirements for the M.S. degree include 24 credits, including the required 3 credits of EAS 5300 Seminar in Atmospheric Science (0-1 cr)/EAS 5330 Communicating in Research (2 cr) combination, and 6 credits of thesis research.
For more information about our program, please contact:
Linda Warren, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator, Meteorology