Applied Meteorology

Master of Science

DescriptionDegree RequirementsAdmissions Requirements
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.

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.