Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science

About the Program

The Rutgers Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science (GPAS) offers both M.S. and Ph.D degrees. GPAS faculty conduct research in a variety of topics, including climate dynamics from regional to global scales, synoptic meteorology and extreme events, tropical meteorology, paleoclimate, cloud and radiation physics, ocean-atmosphere interactions, land-atmosphere interactions, and climate-chemistry-aerosol interactions.

Any student with a B.S/B.A degree or higher in a mathematical or scientific discipline is a candidate for admission. Students are required to have taken calculus through differential equations (usually 4 semesters), two semesters of physics for the sciences (including laboratory), and one semester each of atmospheric thermodynamics and dynamics. Ideally, these courses should be completed prior to enrolling; otherwise, they should be taken as soon as possible. Additionally, competency in at least one high-level programming languages is expected. Candidates should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, a verbal GRE score of at least 500 (old scale)/153 (new scale), and a quantitative GRE score of at least 600 (old scale)/148 (new scale). For international, non-native English-speaking applicants, a TOEFL score of 590 (paper-based)/243 (computer-based)/96 (internet-based) is required in lieu of the verbal GRE. Scientific research experience and contributions are also considered in evaluation.

The deadline for application for the Fall semester is March 1, although candidates wishing to receive full consideration for all financial aid opportunities are encouraged to submit applications by January 15. Applications are also accepted for the Spring Semester with a deadline of November 1.

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NEWS!  GPAS is pleased to announce that, beginning in Spring 2016, our students are eligible to enroll in the Earth Systems Science (ESS) Certificate program, which will be offered through the Rutgers University Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS), an interdisciplinary community fostering research, education, and outreach in all areas of the Earth system.  Given that many current scientific lines of inquiry cut across traditional departmental boundaries, the ESS Certificate Program is designed to broaden graduate student education by encouraging an interdisciplinary course of study.  Students enrolling in the ESS Certificate Program will also be eligible for EOAS Graduate Assistantships.  To learn more about the ESS Certificate Program and associated funding opportunities, click here.

For further information or questions about GPAS, please contact Dr. Benjamin Lintner, GPAS Program Director:

Benjamin Lintner
Department of Environmental Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ  08901-8551

Phone: 848-932-5731
Email:  lintner[at]envsci[dot]rutgers[dot]edu