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What will I learn?


Do you check the weather every morning before you go outside? Have you often looked up at the sky, watching unusual cloud patterns form? Are you fascinated by reports of extreme weather events here in Canada and around the globe? Doing the Diploma in Meteorology (D.Met.) at Dalhousie will allow you to explore in depth your interests in weather and atmospheric phenomena.

With Dal's one-year Diploma in Meteorology, the only program of its kind in Atlantic Canada, you’ll gain a strong background in atmospheric science—training you for a career as a forecaster or preparing you for studies at the graduate level.

What will I learn?

You can choose to take the one-year DMet after completing a three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, or another quantitative subject area in the Faculty of Science. Or, take the DMet as part of a four-year BSc with a Major in Physics. To complete the DMet program at Dalhousie, you’ll need to take nine required courses:

  • Introduction to Atmospheric Science
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Synoptic Meteorology I and Synoptic Meteorology II
  • Atmospheric Dynamics I and Atmospheric Dynamics II
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • and Light Scattering, Radiative Transfer, and Remote Sensing

In addition, Numerical Modelling of Atmospheres and Oceans is recommended, but you may take another course after discussing it with the DMet coordinator.

Careers and future study:

You’ll be qualified for dynamic positions in both the public and private sectors and could pursue a career as:

  • a storm chaser
  • an aviation program manager
  • a broadcaster
  • an environmental engineer
  • a meteorologist with the federal government or a tv network

Dal's Diploma in Meteorology program prepares you for further studies in various sciences such as physics, engineering, or meteorology.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$10,982.50 (US$ 8,085) per year
Fall term: CAN $5,808.12; winter term: CAN $5,174.38
Start date

Expected September 2022


Dalhousie University

Studley Campus,

Henry Hicks Academic Admin Building, Room 130, 6299 South Street, PO Box 15000,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B3H 4R2, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have,

  • Completion of secondary school (Grade 12)
  • A minimum overall average of 70% in five academic Grade 12 courses
  • A final grade of at least 70% in Grade 12 academic English and any other required subject.

English language requirement:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - 237 (computer-based) 90 (iBT) and no lower than 20 in each band
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.5 overall and no lower than 6.0 in each band
  • Michigan English Test (MELAB) – 55
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - 61 overall and no lower than 50 in each skill

Deadline: April 1 for September intake.

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


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