What will I learn?

Program Requirements

The Department offers an intensive, one-year program in theoretical and applied meteorology to B.Sc. or B.Eng. graduates of suitable standing in physics, applied mathematics or other appropriate disciplines, leading to a Diploma in Meteorology. The program is designed for students with little or no previous background in meteorology who wish to direct their experience to atmospheric or environmental applications, or who need to fulfil academic prerequisites in meteorology to qualify for employment.

An exemption of up to 6 credits may be allowed for courses already taken. Students granted such exemptions are required to add complementary courses from an approved list to maintain a total credit count of 30 completed at McGill.

Required Courses (15 credits)

ATOC 512 Atmospheric and Oceanic Dynamics (3 credits)
ATOC 521 Cloud Physics (3 credits)
ATOC 531 Dynamics of Current Climates (3 credits)
ATOC 540 Synoptic Meteorology 1 (3 credits)
ATOC 541 Synoptic Meteorology 2 (3 credits)

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

6 credits selected from the courses below.
Students take either ATOC 519 or CHEM 519.

ATOC 309 Weather Radars and Satellites (3 credits)
ATOC 315 Thermodynamics and Convection (3 credits)
ATOC 519 Advances in Chemistry of Atmosphere (3 credits)
CHEM 519 Advances in Chemistry of Atmosphere (3 credits)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAN $90.84 per credit / per unit. This fee is for 2021-2022 year, and it may be subject to change in the coming year.
Start date

31 August 2022, 4 January 2023, 30 August 2023


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The university degree, described above, must have been completed with a minimum standing of 3.0/4.0 or the equivalent.

For international students

Students must have earned an accredited or recognized university degree (equivalent to a McGill undergraduate degree, Bachelor’s) which would serve as a basis of admission to a graduate degree program at a recognized research-intensive university in the same country. The university degree, described above, must have been completed with a minimum standing of 3.0/4.0 or the equivalent.

English Language Scores:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum acceptable scores are: The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results. N.B. an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. IBT (Internet-Based Test): 86 overall, no less than 20 in each of the four component scores.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module).

Application Deadlines: Admission to graduate studies at McGill operates on a rolling basis. Application deadlines vary per program.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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