The Master of Science Degree in Atmospheric and Space Sciences
Please Note: If you intend to continue your program and pursue a PhD, you should apply directly to the Climate & Space Doctoral Program. The Climate & Space MS program is designed for students interested in receiving a terminal MS degree.
Applicants to the Climate & Space master's program may have a bachelor's degree in any field of study, but they are expected to have completed minimum requirements in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Normally this would include five semesters of mathematics, eight credit hours of physics, including two laboratories, and five credit hours of chemistry. Thirty semester hours are required for the master's degree, fifteen of which must be from the Department's offerings. A minimum of four additional hours must be in mathematics, natural science, or engineering.
Unlike PhD students, there is no funding available for MS only students. Need-based funding may be available, usually in the form of a student loan, through the University's Office of Financial Aid, (734) 763-6600. There are application materials required to complete this process.
General Program Requirements
Climate & Space academic programs are integrated studies designed to give students a broad base of study in atmospheric, space and planetary science. The MS program is similar to the first two years of the doctoral program, however the core courses are not required. Each MS student creates a course schedule with the Climate & Space Graduate Program Advisor. More specific information on courses is available on the Climate & Space PhD Program web page and on the Climate & Space Courses web page.
The MS degree requires 30 credit hours of coursework, of which 15 must be in Climate & Space courses. The Rackham School of Graduate Studies imposes a cognate requirement that each student take a minimum of four (4) credit hours of coursework in a different department. Climate & Space requires that these courses be non-seminar courses and not be courses cross-listed with Climate & Space.
The deadline for the Fall MS student cohort (Program Code 01981) is January 15. It is recommended that you submit your application early to ensure that it arrives on or before the deadline. If your application will be significantly delayed, please contact Sandra Pytlinski to discuss your situation. The deadline for Winter is October 1. Information about the cost of attending the University of Michigan is available from The Office of Registrar.
All Climate & Space MS students are admitted to the program through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
You are encouraged to explore the Rackham web site and familiarize yourself with the resources, tools and other information in the section for masters students. The Climate & Space Student Handbook, which will give you additional information about the Department, is available on the Climate & Space Graduate Students Resources page along with other helpful information and links. To assist you in applying, a Graduate Application Checklist (PDF file) is also available.
All applicants are required to submit transcripts to Rackham. It is your responsibility to request the release of any records from the institutions. Official documents must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Please mail one set of transcripts to:Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/U-M ID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
915 E Washington Street
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1070
Telephone: (734) 764-8129
NOTE: All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form.
Climate & Space requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Most applicants from undergraduate engineering, science or mathematics programs will have taken the necessary prerequisite courses (see below). Applicants from non-related undergraduate programs (for example, Art History) will be required to take these courses before applying to the graduate programs. Additional undergraduate prerequisite courses are:Four terms of calculus, including one term of differential equations
Two terms of physics with lab
One term of chemistry with lab
At least one course in computer programming, preferably FORTRAN or C
Climate & Space does not require a GRE subject test, only the general test. However, if you are very strong in a particular subject (for example, physics) then it will count in your favor if you take the subject test and score well on it.GRE Test Codes:
0806 Planetary Science
0501 Atmospheric Science
1839 School Number
All non-native English-speaking applicants are required to take the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within two years of applying. Even if you are currently attending an English-speaking university, you must take this test if English is not your native language. Required TOEFL score is: 230 or better (computer test) OR 84 or better (Internet-based test).OEFL/TSE Test Codes:
1839 School Number
Photocopies of your GRE and TOEFL scores cannot be considered. Official score documents must be sent.