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Atmospheric Science|College of Engineering and Applied Science

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University of Wyoming,
Atmospheric Science,
EN 6034
Dept. 3038
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307)766-3245

How to apply to the Atmospheric Science Graduate Program

The graduate program in atmospheric science at the University of Wyoming offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Our program financially supports 25-30 graduate assistants each year. Typically, we have openings for 5-8 new graduate assistants in the fall, but the number varies depending on funding.

Because our student/faculty ratio is relatively small, students have the opportunity to work closely with their professors, and often to participate directly in field research, completing and analyzing measurements from a variety of instruments and platforms. Our graduates experience excellent job placement in industry, education, and government. Laramie is a friendly, safe town of 30,000. Many of our students and faculty enjoy outdoor activities in the mountains just a short drive away.  

The application deadline for fall semester is January 1 to receive full consideration. We do not encourage students to consider starting in the spring semester.

Admission decisions are made by the atmospheric science faculty who select applicants based on their qualifications and the research opportunities available in the department. Grades, courses taken, research experience, test scores, letters of recommendation, and the statement of purpose are all considered. Special attention is given to transcripts to insure that applicants have sufficient math and physical science preparation. International students must be proficient in English. We accept applications from students with undergraduate or advanced degrees in physical science or engineering disciplines showing competence in college physics and calculus, through partial differential equations and multiple integral calculus. An undergraduate degree in atmospheric science or meteorology, although significant, is not required.

All applications to the atmospheric science graduate program should be submitted online through the UW Admissions Office's Website here. International students should be aware of other factors, found here. It is not necessary to send official documents initially. Please scan and upload your transcripts and test scores through the online application website. Applicants selected for admission must provide official documents to the university prior to final admission. For convenience please name your documents to reflect their contents.

The following is a description of the documents needed to complete an application.

***It is not possible for us to waive any of the requirements listed below.***

1. Transcripts. Please submit undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Transcripts not in English must be translated by the issuing university or by a commercial translation service. Please see the Admissions Office's website for more information.

2. Grade-point average. Applicants with higher GPAs will have a competitive advantage. A GPA of less than 3.0 in undergraduate science and mathematics is generally indicative of lack of sufficient preparation for graduate studies in science.

3. GRE scores. To be competitive for admission, a M.S. applicant should have a minimum of 151 (Q) and 138 (V); Ph.D. applicants should have minimum of 155 (Q) and 140 (V). If you are chosen for admission, please have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) mail your scores to the University of Wyoming, Code 4855. GRE scores less than these values do not disqualify your application, but your application may not be competitive enough for admission. | The GRE requirement may be waived if you have a master's degree from a U.S. institution. However, the selection committee may request recent GRE scores from any applicant.

4. TOEFL scores. Required for international applicants. English proficiency is given serious consideration. The minimum requirement is a composite score of 76 on the Internet-based exam (TOEFEL iBT), or a 6.0 on the IELTS. If you are chosen for admission, please the official test score copies mailed to the University of Wyoming, code 4855. | The TOEFL or IELTS are not required if you apply within a year of graduating from a U.S. institution or from an institution with instruction in English. However, the selection committee may request English proficiency scores from any international applicant.

5. Three letters of recommendation. The individuals you identify during the application process will be sent an email to request the letter of reference for you. Three reference letters are required. When letters of reference are submitted you will receive an email to indicate that one of your references has submitted their evaluation.

6.  A narrative statement of research interests and career goals. Describe your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in atmospheric science, and why the University of Wyoming is of interest. Specific research interests of the faculty can be found on their individual web pages, located here. For questions about specific research opportunitie,s contact the faculty member directly to discuss your research interests and to learn about specific opportunities. 

7. Frequently asked questions. Please go to our FAQ page for additional information.

For more general questions contact the Graduate Coordinator, Professor Shane Murphy ( Copies of papers (published, or in review), reports, or theses, that you authored or co-authored can be uploaded or links provided (URLs are preferred for large documents). This will help us establish your aptitude for graduate work.

Thank you for taking the time and expense to apply to our graduate program. If you have any questions, please contact our graduate coordinator, Prof. Shane Murphy (
Dr. Shane Murphy
Graduate Coordinator
UW Department of Atmospheric Science, D3038
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY  82071

Dr. Thomas Parish
Professor and Department Head
UW Department of Atmospheric Science, D3038
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY  82071

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