Meteorology & Physical Oceanography

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The Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (MPO) graduate program was founded on the premise that oceanic and atmospheric dynamics are governed by a set of similar physical principles, and that much insight can be gained by studying their dynamics from a common perspective. The MPO program requires students to develop expertise in both systems, and prepares students to conduct leading-edge research using a complementary set of theoretical, observational, and modeling approaches. The MPO curriculum forms a strong foundation for research on a broad spectrum of topics that include air-sea interaction, the global thermohaline circulation, tropical cyclones, El Nino, the Madden-Julian Oscillations, and the evolution of the Earth’s climate. A more comprehensive list of research topics can be found here or by browsing the individual faculty research pages.

Degrees Offered

The program offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees. The expected period of study is 5 years for Ph.D. students and 2 years for M.S. students.

Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in MPO must have strong quantitative skills and a solid foundation in one of the physical, mathematical or computational sciences. A bachelor's or master's degree in one of the science disciplines - such as physics, mathematics, or engineering - usually provide the requisite background. In addition to good academic training, applicants should bring an unbridled enthusiasm and intense curiosity for the natural world in order to succeed and enjoy their experience at the Rosenstiel School.

Click Here for the MPO Graduate Student Handbook

Funding Opportunities

The majority of Ph.D. students are supported as Graduate Research Assistants during their tenure. Applicants are encouraged to browse the list of open graduate assistantship positions available. You can find more information on stipends, tuition, and health insurance here. Students are also encouraged to apply for national fellowships. Additionally, students can apply or be nominated for University of Miami and Rosenstiel School fellowships and awards.


Brian Mapes, PhD
Graduate Program Director, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography