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.

Admission Requirements
Admission Deadlines

Summer and Fall Registration Open

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.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Graduate Assistant positions

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at

CHATWe would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.

MT Course Offerings 2019-20
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when Meteorology classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.