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Master of Science in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost Tuition and fees for most doctoral and master’s programs are about $17,272 per year for California residents, and about $32,374 annually for non-California residents.

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences offers M.S. degrees in the physics, chemistry, and biology of the atmosphere-ocean system.   The M.S. is earned as part of the Ph.D. program.  Students may also gradaute with a M.S. degree. 

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

For official university admissions information and program degree requirements, please visit the Graduate Division website.

Grant opportunities

UCLA is committed to helping students finance their education; the Financial Aid and Scholarships office works closely with all students who need financial assistance.[1] A financial aid award generally consists of a combination of scholarships and grant money from UCLA and other sources, low-interest loans, and a work-study job during the academic year.


For the Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences there are no admission requirements in addition to University minimum requirements and no application form in addition to the one used by Graduate Admissions/Student and Academic Affairs. Three letters of recommendation are required. In addition to students holding bachelors' degrees in meteorology or atmospheric sciences, graduates with degrees in related disciplines -- astronomy, chemistry, engineering, geophysics, oceanography, mathematics, and physics -- are encouraged to apply for graduate status in the department. Programs are arranged by consultation between the student and the department's graduate advisers, and considerable flexibility is maintained so that maximum advantage may be taken of previous education. Please go to our “Application - How to Apply” for step by step instructions to guide you through the application process.

ISCED Categories

Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography