Applied Meteorology (MS)

The Master of Science in Applied Meteorology program is housed in the Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute in the Boyd Science Center. The degree is designed to meet regional and national needs for professional meteorologists, who increasingly require more than baccalaureate-level education and qualifications. The program offers students the latest knowledge and research skills in many core areas of operational meteorology needed to provide modern weather support to a wide variety of customers. It focuses on such areas as advanced weather analysis and forecasting; air quality; aviation meteorology; hydrology; mesonet/road weather meteorology; radar/satellite meteorology; computer-based programming, and other meteorological applications.

Program Highlights

  • The only MS in meteorology program in New Hampshire and one of only a handful in the northeastern United States
  • Outstanding technology and facilities
  • Dedicated faculty who work closely with students
  • Active collaborations with several agencies including NOAA, NASA, NWS, MWO, Scripps, NHDOT, and UCAR/NCAR
  • Limited assistantships with tuition waivers available
  • Flexibility in course selection to tailor the program to individual student’s needs
  • It is possible for some students to complete the program in approximately 18 months
  • Office space for graduate students
  • Cost-efficient program

Plymouth considers applications on a rolling admissions basis that allows students to apply at any time of the year. The program is based on full fall, spring, and summer terms. However, it is generally recommended that students start the program during the fall term. Applicants planning to begin studies during the fall term should submit completed admissions applications by January 31 for priority consideration for the limited enrollment slots and available assistantships. Prospective students will automatically be considered for assistantships during the admission process. The most highly qualified admitted students may be offered assistantships, tuition waivers, or both based on available resources on any given year. Students not initially receiving assistantships or tuition waivers may later be considered eligible based on academic performance. Applicants wanting to start in the spring term should apply by August 31 for limited enrollment slots, but should be advised that assistantship support may not be available.

An official score report from the Graduate Record Examination for the quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing components is optional. Applicants with degrees in subjects other than meteorology or atmospheric science should apply for the Extended Concentration. All interested candidates are welcome to contact the program coordinator for an in-person or phone conversation before submitting their application.

GPA Requirements

Graduate students in the program must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the program to maintain satisfactory progress. Only one passing course grade of less than B- will be allowed to count toward the 30-credit degree. Students enrolled in the program who fall below a 3.0 GPA will have one semester to restore it to the satisfactory level. If a student does not achieve this level after one semester, the student will be barred from future coursework and pursuit of the MS degree and lose assistantship support (if applicable). Students who fail more than one graduate course will also not be allowed to continue in the program.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The MS Applied Meteorology program has two concentrations. The Standard concentration requires students to complete 30 credits and is intended for students that have already completed an undergraduate degree in meteorology or atmospheric science. The Extended concentration requires students to complete 45 credits and is intended for students that do not have an undergraduate degree in meteorology or atmospheric science. Each concentration has a research requirement. Students will choose to complete either a thesis or non-thesis research project to satisfy this research requirement. However, not all students may be able to select the thesis research project since the number of thesis students that can be supported is limited by faculty availability. Students desiring to pursue the thesis option will need to consult with their advisor and other meteorology faculty to identify a faculty mentor.

Course Title Credits
Required Core Courses
MT 5200Transportation Meteorology3
MT 5330Satellite Meteorology3
MT 5340Radar Meteorology3
MT 5600Computer Applications in Meteorology3
or MT 5650 Research Methods in Meteorology
MT 5000Meteorology Seminar 11
Standard Concentration (10-13 credits)
Extended Concentration (25-28 credits)
Research Requirement6-3
Complete 6 credits of Thesis Research or 3 credits of Independent Study/Research
Thesis Research
Independent Study/Research
Total Credits30-44


Standard Concentration
Course Title Credits
Elective courses10-13
Complete 10-13 credits from courses in the following list
Air Quality
Numerical Weather Prediction
Tropical Weather and Climate
Climate Change
Climate Dynamics
Topics in Meteorology
Computer Applications in Meteorology
Research Methods in Meteorology
Meteorology Seminar 1
Internship 3
Independent Study/Research 3
Environmental GIS Mapping Applications
Environmental GIS Spatial Analysis
Environmental GIS Project Management
Watershed Hydrology
Watershed Systems
Total Credits10-13
Extended Concentration
Course Title Credits
MT 5280Synoptic Meteorology3
MT 5310Dynamic Meteorology I3
MT 5320Dynamic Meteorology II3
MT 5410Atmospheric Physics3
MT 5560Topics in Meteorology 23
Elective Courses10-13
Complete 10-13 credits from courses in the following list
Air Quality
Numerical Weather Prediction
Tropical Weather and Climate
Climate Change
Climate Dynamics
Mesoscale Meteorology
Meteorology Seminar
Environmental GIS Mapping Applications
Environmental GIS Spatial Analysis
Environmental GIS Project Management
Watershed Hydrology
Watershed Systems
Total Credits25-28

Students must enroll in at least two semesters of MT 5000 Meteorology Seminar (1 cr each semester). Students may enroll in additional semesters of the course as an elective.


A course in Atmospheric Thermodynamics


These courses are variable credit and are repeatable. For each course, only up to 4 credits may count as an elective toward the 30 credit degree requirement

Co-listed Courses

Some upper-division undergraduate courses are co-listed as graduate courses. Graduate students enrolled in these courses will be expected to complete additional coursework, such as papers and projects, to earn graduate credit in these courses. The co-listed courses are as follows:

Co-listed Meteorology Courses

Course Title Credits
MT 5000/4000Meteorology Seminar1
MT 5150/4150Air Quality3
MT 5280/4280Synoptic Meteorology3
MT 5310/4310Dynamic Meteorology I3
MT 5320/4320Dynamic Meteorology II3
MT 5400/4400Numerical Weather Prediction3
MT 5410/4410Atmospheric Physics3
MT 5420/4420Tropical Weather and Climate3
MT 5430/4440Climate Change3
MT 5460/4460Climate Dynamics3
MT 5480/4480Mesoscale Meteorology3
MT 5560/4560Topics in Meteorology1-3
  • Effective communications both orally and in writing.
  • One or more research tools used in atmospheric science, such as data analysis, visualization software, and/or computer programming.
  • Successful completion of a guided research project with appropriate supervision.
  • Practical applications through internships/course work/research projects
A meteorology degree from Plymouth State prepares students for a wide variety of career options in each profession. Plymouth State University focuses on several concentrations within the program:
Meteorology touches upon virtually all aspects of human activity. Consequently, a variety of career opportunities are available for graduates. Graduates can also enter the Ph.D program. Meteorologists are employed in all the economic sectors--private, government and military.
For more information, visit Career Services in the Global Education Office.
Sample Job Titles:
  • Air Quality Engineer
  • College Professor
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Flight Director
  • Forensic Meteorologist
  • Instrumentation Specialist
  • Meteorologist
  • Physicist
  • Risk Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Broadcast Meteorologist
See the U.S. Department of Labor Outlook for a complete list.
Useful Skills for Jobs in the Atmospheric Science Fields:
  • Ability to analyze cause and effects
  • Proficiency in analytical reasoning
  • Strong mathematical background
  • Ability to organize and memorize detailed information
  • Strong organization skills