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Dual-MS degree for CUIT MS students

What is the ChUW dual-MS degree?

ChUW stands for “Chengdu (Ch) & University of Wyoming (UW)”. This dual-MS degree program is intended for students from Chengdu University of Information Technology (CUIT). It enables students enrolled in the M. Sc. program at CUIT to simultaneously obtain a M.Sc. degree both at CUIT and at UW.

If you are a MS student currently at CUIT, you can apply. You need to complete sufficient transferable-credit courses at CUIT in your first year. Upon admission at the University of Wyoming (UW), you will have advanced standing because of the transferred credits, and you only need to complete further coursework (on topics that you did not already cover at CUIT), and do research in your second MS year. You will graduate with two MS degrees in Atmospheric Science, one at UW and one at CUIT. This can be done in two years from the day you start at CUIT (one year at CUIT and one year at UW), although some students will require 2.5 or even 3 years.

The ChUW dual degree program will result in the awarding of two degrees listed below:


either a MS in Atmospheric Science from the School of Atmospheric Science
or a MS in Electronic and Communication Engineering, Signal and Information Processing, and Meteorological Detection Technology from the School of Meteorological Observations


Master of Science (MS) in Atmospheric Science, Plan A (with thesis).


Why pursue an ChUW dual-MS degree?

This ChUW dual-MS degree program is established to enhance collaboration between UW and CUIT, to contribute to the internationalization of both institutions, to contribute to individual students' personal development and improve his/her professional achievement, and to contribute to educational and research exchanges between China and the United States. It aims to link the complementary strengths of the two research institutes in atmospheric sciences, to enable you to specialize in a research subject outside the area of expertise of CUIT, and fulfills your personal interest in travel and professional experience abroad. It is designed in particular for top MS students who want to pursue a career in research, teaching or enterprise in atmospheric or related sciences, a career that requires fluency in English.

Whereas the climate science community is generally working from a global perspective, the research on smaller scale processes determining climate change, meteorology and air quality is more diverse. Due to the high costs of advanced equipment and the associated mandatory competence, there are not many laboratories working on more specialized subjects. The UW Department of Atmospheric Science specializes in cloud physics, air quality, and climate modelling.

The idea of the ChUW degree is to give you access to top-quality instructors and scientists, and their tools. In particular, we are the only university in the US that offers world-class access to airborne in situ & remote instrumentation (aboard our King Air research aircraft) and world-class access to a supercomputer (the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputer Center).

The UW Department of Atmospheric Science is relatively small in terms of student and faculty numbers, but has access to internationally recognized research facilities. This will assure individualized student support and mentoring, and at the same time, exposure to state-of-the-art technology. In addition, the University of Wyoming is located in a rather small city (Laramie), which allows modest living expenses. Laramie has a vibrant Chinese community. Summers are not too hot, at 2200 m elevation, and Laramie is close to beautiful mountains, and within two hours drive of a large city (Denver).


How to apply?

Any CUIT MS student in the School of Atmospheric Science or the School of Meteorological Observations can apply. You must have completed at least one year of graduate studies at CUIT before coming to UW. More specifically, 15 credit hours must be transferable to UW. The CUIT courses transferable to UW are shown in the Table 1 below. You must have a B grade or higher on each of the courses you want to transfer. The transfer of ungraded courses (pass/fail) is at the discretion of the UW Department of Atmospheric Science.

The first step is to create an account and to log in at the UW Admission site, and proceed with the UW admission application. Make sure to check "ChUW dual-degree MS". The rest of the application procedure is the same as that for students applying for admission in the normal (non-ChUW) MS degree. Your transcripts need to demonstrate that by the time of your admission at UW, you will have completed at least 15 credits at CUIT that can be transfered to UW (Table 1). Admission is not guaranteed: the same admission criteria apply as for other aspirant UW MS students, regarding GRE scores and English language competency (see application procedure).

Table 1: List of CUIT courses that can be transferred to UW, and their UW equivalencies. Only courses with a grade B or higher can be transferred.

CUIT courses

UW equivalent


course number

course title

School of Atmospheric Science 

Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics (4 cr)

ATSC 5014

Dynamic Meteorology (4 cr)

Advanced Atmospheric Physics (3 cr)

ATSC 5100

Physical Meteorology I (4 cr)

Advanced Synoptic Meteorology (4 cr)

ATSC 5016

Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology (4 cr)

Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry (2 cr)

ATSC 5350

Atmospheric Chemistry (3 cr)

Climatic Change and Numerical Simulation (3 cr)

ATSC 5040

Climate Science and Climate Change  (3 cr)

Micrometeorology  (2 cr)

ATSC 5330

Boundary Layer Meteorology (3 cr)

Mesoscale Meteorology and Numerical Simulation (3 cr)

ATSC 5008

Mesoscale Meteorology (2 cr)

School of Meteorological Observations 

Atmospheric Physics (3 cr)

ATSC 5100

Physical Meteorology I (4 cr)

Principles of Synoptic Meteorology (3 cr)

ATSC 5016

Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology (4 cr)

An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation (3 cr)

ATSC 5500

Atmospheric Radiation and Optics (3 cr)

Radar Meteorology (3 cr)

ATSC 5340

Radar Meteorology (3 cr)

Satellite Remote Sensing Theory and Method (3 cr)

ATSC 5370

Satellite Remote Sensing (3 cr)

Cloud and Precipitation Physics (3 cr)

ATSC 5011

Physical Meteorology II (4 cr)

The Theory and Practice of Cloud Numerical Simulation (2 cr)

ATSC 5700

Numerical Modeling of Atmosphere (3 cr)

Who to contact:

The UW ChUW coordinator will serve as your contact and will advise you in the application process and in the composition of the study program. The UW ChUW coordinator currently is Prof. Bart Geerts ( 

Application deadlines:

The application deadline is on 1 May, to start in the Fall semester (i.e., in late August). Students are encouraged to apply early, as this will allow earlier evaluation of the application and earlier admission. That way students can apply for visa and make travel arrangements earlier. Please contact ChUW coordinator when your online application is complete, so he can evaluate it.

Exceptionally, students are allowed to start in the Spring semester. In that case, they must apply by 15 September.

Admission Criteria:

In order to qualify for the ChUW dual-degree, candidate students must:

  • have completed at least transferable 15 credits in the School of Atmospheric Science or the School of Meteorological Observations at CUIT (Table 1);
  • be proficient in the English language: our current minimum English-as-a-second-language score is 550 for TOEFL, 80 for iBT, and 6.5 for IELTS (other tests can be taken as well, and equivalent scores will be considered);
  • performed well in the GRE: UW requires a score of at least 150 on the verbal reasoning section and a score of at least 141 on the quantitative reasoning section is required
  • have strong letters of recommendation;
  • be motivated to study and do research at UW, as stated in your personal statement, which should indicate what research topic you would like to pursue at UW;

Once accepted by the ChUW coordinator, you will also be accepted by the University of Wyoming.


How much does it cost?

A graduate degree from the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Wyoming is an excellent value at low cost. In 2019 the University of Wyoming was nationally ranked #2 by the Wall Street Journal among the nation’s land-grant universities, and #5 overall, in its “Is Your College Worth the Cost?” rankings. CUIT students pay the following while they are at UW:

  1. Tuition and fees: Current UW tuition rates and mandatory fees are posted at on non-resident.)
  2. Health Insurance: International students are required to purchase UW’s student health insurance; the current cost is listed at .
  3. Room & Board: The cost of room and board is the student’s responsibility. The cost of living in Laramie is rather low compared to the average in the USA. Students can live off-campus or on-campus. The cost of living on-campus in residence halls or in apartments is posted at
  4. Other: Additional fees may be charged, e.g. for the graduate application and for language courses. The Dept of Atmospheric Sciences will waive the application fee.

When do semesters start and end at the University of Wyoming?

The Fall Semester starts around 1 September, and the Spring semester starts in late January and ends in early May. There is a one-week break in March, called Spring break. See the UW calendar for details. 


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Frequently asked questions

Q. In what language are the ChUW courses conducted? In English

Q. I like to talk to some other Chinese graduate students in the UW atmospheric science program; how can I contact them? Email Charlotte While ( and ask for some names.

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