Master of Science in Meteorology

The Department of Meteorology & Climate Science is the only one of its kind in the CSU system. We offer BS and MS degrees in Meteorology (along with a BS, concentration in Climate Science), and minors in Meteorology and ‘Atmospheric and Seismic Hazards’. We also offer a variety of General Education courses covering topics including Meteorology, Climate, Climate Change, Fire Weather, and Air Pollution.

The MS degree may be completed in as little as two years, although most students take at least a semester longer. For a qualified entering student, the emphasis is normally on class work during the first year, and on an original research project during the second year. Students must show competence in a number of areas for admission to candidacy. For students without a meteorology background, this usually requires taking upper-level meteorology classes during the first year of study. Full details of admission requirements and requirements for graduation see the graduate advising page .

Our faculty have a wide range of specialties, allowing students access to many fields of meteorological study. These include: air pollution meteorology, cloud processes, remote sensing, weather analysis and forecasting, fire weather, tropical meteorology, global climate change, and atmospheres of other planets. Some research assistantships may be available for qualified students - contact the department and/or individual faculty for details.

Virtually all of our graduates over the past ten years are currently employed in various fields of meteorology, including those in private industry, academia, and the public sector including the National Weather Service and the US Armed Forces. Find out what some of our Alumni are doing.

A significant number of our MS graduates go on to get their PhD. In the past 10+ years we have sent students to many schools including Harvard, Stanford, University of Washington, Colorado State, and Penn State among others. See our career section to find out more about job possibilities for meteorologists.


San Jose State University Department of Meteorology, Duncan Hall 620
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