Atmospheric Sciences M.S./Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Atmospheric Science

Program Description

Atmospheric science concerns the study of processes in the atmosphere, from the planetary boundary layer to the ionosphere. Applications relate to the analysis and prediction of weather and climate. For more information, please see our information page

Contact Information

Phone: 607 254-8737

2102 Snee Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • atmospheric science


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Jan. 1

(Atmospheric Science is not accepting applications for Spring 2024 admission.)

Requirements Summary:

Learning Outcomes

A candidate for a doctoral degree in Atmospheric Sciences is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in a sub-discipline within the broader domain of atmospheric sciences and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the sub-discipline in a timely fashion. 


Make an original and substantial contribution to one of the sub-disciplines within atmospheric sciences

  • Think originally and independently to develop concepts and/or methodologies
  • Identify new research opportunities within their field 

Demonstrate advanced research skills

  • Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information, and critically analyze and evaluate their own findings and those of others
  • Master application of existing appropriate research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills
  • Utilize both qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline

Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship

  • Keep abreast of current advances within their sub-discipline of atmospheric science and related areas
  • Show commitment to personal professional development through engagement in professional societies, publication, and other knowledge transfer modes
  • Show commitment to creating an environment that supports learning—through teaching, collaborative inquiry, mentoring, organization of community learning experiences, or demonstration

Demonstrate professional skills

  • Advance ethical standards in the practice of atmospheric sciences
  • Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively