What is the size of the department?
We currently have approximately 75 students working on a B.S. degree, 32 seeking a M.S., and 9 enrolled in the Ph.D. program.
How many faculty are there?
Currently there are 12 faculty who are involved in teaching and/or research: two primarily have teaching responsibilities, two are in a research faculty classification, and the other have a combined responsibility for teaching and research. A total of 10 individuals are graduate faculty.
What is the average number of students accepted per term? Does UND accept new students only in the fall or both fall and spring?
The typical number of students joining the undergraduate program as freshmen or transfers is in the range of 20-25, while new graduate student numbers are around 6-10. Students may start in either Fall or Spring semester.
How long does it normally take to complete a B.S. degree?
The average length of program for undergraduates is 4-4 ½ years.
Can undergraduate students be involved in research?
Yes, there are a number of opportunities, both during the academic year and in the summer, for undergraduates to participate in research being conducted by our faculty. Please go to the Research page on this web site to see where our faculty have research interests.
What other opportunities are available for undergraduate students?
There are a number of educational/experiential opportunities outside of regularly scheduled class times. For example, upper division students may work as teaching assistants for the Meteorology I course (“if you want to learn something, teach it”).Student at all levels can participate in a student-run weather broadcast called Weather Update. This show runs Monday – Friday and is broadcast on local cable TV and also posted on the Department web site.
Another area of activity is the North Dakota Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. This is a student-run organization that offers a wide range of activities and leadership opportunities.
What graduate degrees are offered at UND in the area of Atmospheric Sciences/Meteorology?
The graduate degrees within our department are the M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences and the Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences. There is also a degree offered with the Computer Science Department titled Ph.D. in Scientific Computer with Atmospheric Sciences Applications.
What are the basic requirements for admissions into the Atmospheric Sciences graduate programs?
Admission requirements are found in the link for Prospective Students .
Is it necessary to have an undergraduate degree in this field for admission? Are there any required classes that would have to be taken before being admitted?
An applicant does not have to have an undergraduate degree in Atmospheric Sciences or Meteorology. Each application is reviewed with regard to undergraduate coursework to see if any key subject areas have not been completed.
Depending on qualifications, applicants needing preliminary/fundamental coursework may be admitted as “Qualified” status until this work is completed. More details may be found at the School of Graduate Studies web site.
How long is the average graduate student in the program before graduation?
The typical length of study for completion is 2 years for the M.S. and 5 years for the Ph.D.
What is the availability of funding from UND if accepted?
Nearly all of our students are currently being supported by a Graduate Assistantship, either in teaching (GTA) or research (GRA). Additionally, the assistantships are accompanied by a full tuition waiver. For current open positions, go to Graduate Assistantships.
What are the admission requirements for international students?
Admission requirements for international students are provided at the School of Graduate Studies web site here .