Atmospheric Science

Graduate subjects are offered in all principal areas of atmospheric science. Course programs also commonly include subjects offered by other MIT departments, especially Mathematics and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Emphasis is placed on an integrated approach to atmospheric science, involving theory, modeling, experiments, and data analysis.

Strong programs are available in atmospheric dynamics, synoptic meteorology, atmospheric convection, dynamics of the middle atmosphere, tropical meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric radiation, and dynamics and chemistry of planetary atmospheres. Graduate students participate with the faculty in research in all of these areas.

Examples of recent research foci include explanation of the ozone hole (for which PAOC faculty member Prof. M. Molina shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry), the dynamics of hurricanes, climate change, adaptive sampling and air-sea interaction - see here for more details.

PAOC offers a Doctoral Program in Atmospheric Science

Students arrange their own academic programs with the advice and consent of their advisors. A wide choice of academic programs are available, and interdepartmental programs may be arranged to meet special educational objectives.

See here for funding/stipend information.

Apply here

You may also request a brochure and application by writing to:
Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate
Room 54-910
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139

Students interested in the graduate programs in Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, or Climate Physics and Chemistry should indicate on their application form that they are seeking entrance to the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and indicate which of the three Ph.D. programs is of interest. (Note that applications to any one of the three programs will be reviewed by all three.)


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