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Master of Science in Meteorology Florida Institute of Technology




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Atmospheric science is focused on understanding Earth’s gaseous envelope, predicting its evolution and mitigating human impacts. The M.S. program at Florida Tech is uniquely interdisciplinary, drawing on expertise from the College of Science, College of Aeronautics and the College of Engineering and Computing. As such, the M.S. in meteorology can have special emphasis in areas such as marine meteorology, water resources, atmospheric chemistry, aviation meteorology or remote sensing. Collaborative research is conducted with specialists from the nearby NASA Kennedy Space Center, the USAF 45th Weather Squadron, the NOAA National Weather Service, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Wind and Hurricane Impacts Research Laboratory (WHIRL) and local government agencies or corporations.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree requires satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours of required and elective courses including thesis, based on an approved plan developed in conjunction with the faculty advisor. A nonthesis option is also available, where in lieu of a thesis the student completes an additional nine credit hours of coursework (for a total of 33 credit hours) and must pass a written master’s final program examination. Students with bachelor’s degrees in meteorology normally take the core courses plus electives emphasizing their areas of special interest. Students with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than meteorology are required to complete the core and other graduate courses in addition to appropriate courses necessary for certification as a professional meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society (see undergraduate curriculum). Students are required to attend the graduate seminar. A student registers for graduate seminar each semester and makes an oral presentation of research results after completing thesis research.

With a master's in meteorology from Florida Tech, students develop extensive knowledge in many areas of Earth science including weather forecasting, climatology, atmospheric dynamics, storms and hurricanes, atmospheric physics and global climate change. Graduate students with a master's in meteorology become experts in math and physics, gaining in-depth exposure to other science disciplines including oceanography, ocean engineering, environmental science, climate science and Earth remote sensing.

Because Florida Tech is located at the boundary between tropical and subtropical weather patterns in Florida, and Florida is the lightning capital of the world, students gain unique fieldwork experience at Patrick Air Force Base and Kennedy Space Center with some of the most respected weather experts in the world. For students that want to become a broadcast meteorologist, world weather expert, storm tracker or weather researcher, a master's in meteorology from Florida Tech provides expert training for these careers.


Graduates with their master's in meteorology from Florida Tech have found positions with organizations such as NOAA National Weather Service, NASA and Executive Jet. Career opportunities are also available in a variety of industries in research and management, as well as with local weather departments in which to build a career as a television weather reporter.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Science in Meteorology.

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees

USD $1,241 per credit hour

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Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne Campus,

150 W University Blvd,



32901, United States

Entry requirement for international students

A student applying for admission to the graduate meteorology program should have an undergraduate major in the physical sciences or engineering. Preparatory coursework may need to be completed before starting the master of science program, and completion of such courses may require additional time. Any such requirements will be determined by the program chair and graduate faculty before admission. The prospective student will be advised of these requirements before acceptance. Applicants must submit GRE General Test Scores for evaluation.

Students whose home language is not English are considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency if they have done any of the following:

Taken an Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with an earned score of at least 79, an IELTS with an earned score of at least 6.0, a PTE Academic with an earned score of at least 58, a Cambridge English: Advanced with an earned score of at least 180 (Grade of C), an official Florida Tech TOEFL (paper based) with an earned score of at least 550.

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