Atmospheric Sciences (M.S.)
Our planet is reaching a crossroads of society and the environment. Join the next generation of atmospheric experts and help mankind navigate increasingly complex interactions.
Today’s tumultuous, often life-threatening atmospheric changes requires a high level of expertise to help society navigate and cope in constructive ways. This program offers the experience to fill critical roles in research and helping society adapt. With this knowledge, you can help increase our understanding of the atmosphere, protect health and property in communities, and create opportunities in private industry.
- Program type:
- Master's Degree
- Est. time to complete:
- 2 years
- Credit hours:
Why Study Atmospheric Sciences at UND?
Atmospheric scientists assess and forecast weather patterns, analyze trends in the climate, monitor air quality and more. The next generation of atmospheric sciences experts will be part of the solution in tackling the evolving challenges of our planet.
With this UND graduate program, you'll have opportunities to:
- Work with faculty who are conducting cutting edge research with agencies such as NASA, NSF, and the Naval Research Laboratory.
- Gain a solid understanding of evolving nature and the atmospheric forces all around us.
- Prepare to work in a wide variety of agencies, laboratories, businesses and educational institutions.
Knowledge to Lead
UND researchers recently received $1 million to study thunderstorms in Florida, giving students hands-on experience in the field.
Courses provide a solid theoretical framework, along with an understanding of measurements, data analysis techniques and numerical modeling.
Learn how to analyze, interpret and synthesize scientific data efficiently and communicate the results effectively
Get your career on the fast-track with a 4+1 B.S./M.S. combined degree program.
Median salary for a geoscientist*
Growth projected for this field through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations*
With all the changes Earth is going through, there will be a continued demand for those with the high-level of technical expertise to conduct atmospheric research and provide crucial information to support decision making. This program prepares you to be a part of the solution to the problems presented by the evolution of Earth's atmosphere, particularly in the areas of decision support and climate change adaptions.
UND graduates can expect exciting opportunities in a number of professions:
- Data Analyst
- Associate Scientist
- Air Quality Specialist
When You Earn a master's degree in Atmospheric Sciences
An Atmospheric Sciences degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
- Weather forecasting
- C (Programming Language)
- Geographic Information Systems
- Python (Programming Language)
UND Atmospheric Sciences Major Alumni
Atmospheric Sciences alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- National Weather Service
- Iteris, Inc.
- Aerisweather, LLC
- Grand Forks Park District