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University of Miami Rosenstiel School PhD and MS in Marine, Atmospheric, and Geosciences (GRE Waived)
University of Miami Rosenstiel School

PhD and MS in Marine, Atmospheric, and Geosciences (GRE Waived)

Miami, USA

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* Assistantships available for full funding with salary, health insurance, and tuition paid


Check out our Open House recording from November 2023 here!

We offer PhD and MS degrees in 6 programs:

Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Biology & Ecology, Environmental Science & Policy, Marine Geosciences, Meteorology & Physical Oceanography, and Ocean Sciences. We offer highly competitive stipend rates, tuition, and health insurance coverage for our incoming PhD students as part of a fully-funded 5-year Graduate Assistantship. Finally, as part of our revitalized connections across colleges and to take advantage of our unique research facilities, we offer a MS degrees in Ocean Engineering, Data Science, and Climate & Health. Our graduate students also take advantage of nearby NOAA facilities including the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, and the National Hurricane Center. GRE not required!

PhD Assistantships can be found here (fully funded with a salary):

Atmospheric Science

(PhD, MS)

(MPS in Weather Forecasting, Climate and Society, and Broadcast Meteorology)

The Atmospheric Science department is designed to prepare students with the tools, training, and education necessary to tackle critical research problems in the atmospheric sciences today. Our faculty are experts in a wide range of research areas, including tropical meteorology, climate dynamics, cloud and aerosol processes, and atmospheric chemistry. Their expertise and guidance and our world-class facilities prepare our students for successful careers in the atmospheric sciences and related fields.

Marine Biology & Ecology

(PhD, MS)

(MPS in Aquaculture, Marine Mammal Science, and Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management)

The Marine Biology & Ecology department focuses on a wide range of field, laboratory, and theoretical coursework in a range of research areas, such as coral reef studies, biological oceanography, fisheries, genomics, and the physiology and behavior of marine animals. The department has many international collaborators participating in multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary research programs. Graduate students can choose from a wide range of research areas and coursework taught by an internationally recognized scientists studying corals and climate change, fisheries biology, and conducting biomedical research.

Environmental Science & Policy

(PhD, MS)

(MPS in Coastal Zone Management, Exploration Science, Fisheries Management & Conservation, Marine Conservation)

The world-class academic program in Environmental Science and Policy (EVR) is interdisciplinary, broadly representing the functional and cultural intersection among humans, the sea, and the environment. Our faculty and students embrace the ideology that we simply cannot solve the world's greatest sustainability crises without accepting people and the environment as two, intrinsically linked components of the same Earth system. To be effective in our efforts to protect biodiversity and enhance ecosystem sustainability, we foster and embody critical thinking across disciplinary boundaries, with technology and innovation at the forefront of every journey. We have a dynamic team of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to ensuring that "humans and nature exist in productive harmony" (NEPA, 1969), and this guiding principle is represented by a wide array of disciplines from archaeology, to mathematical ecology, to climate change, and fisheries science.

Marine Geosciences

(PhD, MS, and certificate program)

(MPS in Environmental Geology)

Marine Geosciences is focused on studying the geology, geophysics, and geochemistry of the earth system beneath, within, and above the oceans. Students work closely with faculty at the forefront of research on earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, hydrothermal seafloor vents, and paleoclimate. MGS faculty and students also emphasize interdisciplinary study where geological phenomena interact with or are influenced by processes generally studied in other disciplines, such as ocean currents, climate, and biological evolution. This research uses pioneering remote sensing techniques to assess the earth's crustal movement and sedimentation in coastal zones.

Meteorology & Physical Oceanography

(PhD, MS)

The Meteorology & Physical Oceanography 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 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 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.

Ocean Sciences

(PhD, MS)

(MPS in Applied Remote Sensing and Natural Hazards & Catastrophes)

The mission of the Ocean Sciences department is to provide our students with specialized knowledge in important ocean science sub-disciplines as well as a broad understanding of the ocean as a key component of the Earth System. Our students advance the understanding of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the ocean and their interactions. Students learn first-hand about instrumentation and methods to measure the ocean using both in-situ and space-based sensors, and about the laboratory, analytical, and numerical models to understand oceanic processes. Our graduates develop into international leaders of ocean research, into teachers and communicators of ocean sciences, and into leaders and advisors of marine education, policy, and conservation.

Master of Professional Science

The Master of Professional Science (MPS) is an accelerated, graduate degree intended for students who want to generate innovative solutions to marine, coastal, and climate-related issues. Students enrolled in this program are exposed to a unique, multidisciplinary curriculum, including science theory, field and laboratory training, legal and regulatory knowledge, communication and media training, and the development of project management skills, designed to prepare them to address environmental challenges as future global leaders.

Atmospheric Science (ATM) Tracks

Broadcast Meteorology

This track option prepares students for both on-camera and behind-the-scenes careers in broadcast meteorology, as well as the opportunity to develop the knowledge and training necessary to enter the broader field of science journalism.

Climate & Society

This track focuses on the financial consequences resulting from natural and anthropogenic climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events and how they pose important scientific and socio-economic challenges, both in terms of urban planning and managing the financial risks associated with these changes.

Weather Forecasting

This track includes graduate-level course work in the analysis and preparation of weather forecasts, the effective use of numerical models, satellite, Doppler radar, and upper-air data, and the application of this information to support a variety of specialized end-users, including agriculture, utilities, insurance, transportation, construction, and other weather-sensitive industries.

Marine Biology & Ecology (MBE) Tracks


The Professional Master's Program in Aquaculture focuses on the environmental, technological, social, economic, legal, and political aspects of sustainable aquaculture. The program covers all stages of planning and development, from the site and species selection to feasibility studies, resource evaluation, hatchery, and grow-out technology, and commercialization.

Marine Mammal Science

Students in this degree track will be part of one of the select programs in the nation designed to prepare them for employment in marine mammal management (including associated ecosystems), population assessments, acoustics, and care.

Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management

The Master of Professional Science Degree in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management provides students with advanced training in the theoretical aspects of tropical marine ecology, as well as the practical aspects needed to begin a career in this field.

Environmental Science & Policy (EVR) Tracks

Coastal Zone Management

The track in Coastal Zone Management will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important discipline. Coursework will integrate topics such as coastal fisheries management, marine protected areas, port management, tourism development, environmental impact assessment, and oil exploration.

Exploration Science

Exploration Science is the applied practice and study of field research using a wide variety of methods, technologies, and approaches to drive question-based scientific endeavors. This field fosters scientific inquiry and the application of expedition skills within a context that acknowledges the cultural and ethical implications of exploration

Fisheries Management & Conservation

The Fisheries Management & Conservation track is a unique, academic program that allows students to develop the professional skills required to be a fishery scientist with curriculum options in various relevant areas of interest, such as fishery management, fishery surveys, and quantitative fisheries.

Marine Conservation

The Professional Master Degree in Marine Conservation provides students with advanced training in both the theoretical aspects of marine science and conservation, as well as the practical aspects required to begin a career in this field. From sharks to sea turtles and debris-free oceans to outreach and education.

Marine Geosciences (MGS) Track

Environmental Geology

The Environmental Geology MPS track offers students a specialized degree that combines knowledge in theoretical areas of geology with technical expertise in geochemistry, geophysics, and hydrogeology to address geologic hazards.

Ocean Sciences (OCE) Tracks

Applied Remote Sensing

The Applied Remote Sensing Track is tailored to the needs of students who seek to gain theoretical knowledge and practical, real-world experiences geared towards a successful career in the field of remote sensing in both public and private sectors.

Natural Hazards and Catastrophes

The goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand earth system natural hazards (atmospheric, oceanic, geological and hydrological) and the data analytics tools required to assess the associated risks (e.g. statistics, data management, programming, GIS, and remote sensing).


I also wanted to let you know where the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science would be recruiting this upcoming Fall (Ph.D., MS, and Master of Professional Science). If you would like to bring us in to chat with clubs/organizations/classes via Zoom, please reach out to Dr. Andrew Geniesse Elmore at [email protected]

All virtual events from Fall:

Fall 2023 Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Open House Recording:

Register for Atmospheric Science PhD Recruitment Virtual Information Session:

1 on 1 virtual chat for PhD, MS, MPS (with current student, past student, or Assistant Dean):



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