Applied Meteorology

Master of Science

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Plymouth State’s Applied Meteorology graduate degree program will prepare you with the latest knowledge and research skills in many core areas of operational meteorology that are needed to provide modern weather support to a wide variety of customers. You’ll learn from dedicated, experienced faculty members who work closely with students like you to meet the regional and national needs for professional meteorologists.
U.S. News and World Report’s Best Career List (2010) noted an expected 15 percent employment growth rate for meteorologists between 2008 and 2018. Careers in meteorology range from positions with the National Weather Service (with whom Plymouth State actively collaborates) to college teaching to broadcast meteorology.

Program Highlights

  • Plymouth State offers the only MS in Applied Meteorology program in New Hampshire and is one of only a handful of meteorology programs in the northeastern United States
  • Outstanding, state-of-the-art facilities housed in the Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute in the Boyd Science Center
  • Active collaborations with NOAA, NASA, NWS, UNH, USAF, MWO, NHDOT, and USA CRREL
  • Flexibility in course selection to tailor a program to the student’s needs
  • Well-qualified students may complete the program in approximately 18 months
  • Full assistantships with tuition waivers are available

For more information contact Eric Hoffman, (603) 535-2321

The curriculum requires a minimum of 30 credits and contains a thesis or non-thesis degree option. Except for a one-credit seminar each semester and thesis or independent study research credits, there are no specific courses required for degree completion. Select your choices from a variety of fields:

  • Advanced weather analysis and forecasting
  • Air quality
  • Aviation meteorology
  • Hydrology
  • Mesonet/road weather meteorology
  • Radar/satellite meteorology
  • Computer-based programming and meteorological applications

To make full use of Plymouth’s research facilities, most courses for the MS in Applied Meteorology program are held on campus and follow a traditional weekday schedule.

Admissions requirements for the MS in Applied Meteorology requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • GRE test scores
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee

With rolling admission, you may start your program during any term, although it is best to apply for the fall semester by January 31 for priority consideration for graduate assistantships. However, you may take up to 12 master-level credits before being admitted to Plymouth State.

Summer 2018 Registration – Opens April 16
Fall 2018 Registration – Opens April 16

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Course Offerings” tab, and using the first “Class Schedule Search” option. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

MT Course Offerings 2018-2019
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when Meteorology classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.