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A. Admission

  1. U.S. Students
    1. Master of Science: Prospective students holding a bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry, meteorology, engineering, or a related field from an accredited college or university are invited to apply here. A statement of research interests (personal statement), three letters of recommendation, one official copies of all previous college transcripts, and Graduate Record Examination Test Scores, should be submitted to the Graduate School as early as possible, but not later than four months prior to registration for the semester in which studies are to begin. The admissions committee begins reviewing completed applications as early as December 1 of the previous year for the fall semester, and as early as October 1 for the spring semester.
    2. Doctor of Philosophy: Same as for master of science, except that prospective students must have completed a Master of Science degree with thesis. Published scientific papers in recognized professional journals may be submitted in lieu of a thesis.
  2. Students from Outside U.S.

    The same rules as above apply to students from countries outside the United States. In addition, applicants whose official language of their native country is not English must submit official test scores of either the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System ) with a high score prior to admission. A minimum score on the TOEFL of 550 for the paper exam, 80 for the internet exam, or 213 for the computer exam is required for unconditional acceptance by the Graduate School. A score of 6.5 or higher is required if the IELTS exam is taken. Information about the TOEFL test may be obtained from here. Information regarding the IELTS test may be obtained from here. Applicants must also submit the Immigration Document Request form and copy of passport before an offer of admission can be formalized. International Student and Scholar Services will issue an I-20/DS-2019 only after the form has been received and accepted by Colorado State University.

  3. Admission Prerequisites and Recommendations

    Students with backgrounds in atmospheric science or meteorology, physics, math, chemistry, or engineering are encouraged to apply. Undergraduate courses in math and physics are required. Math courses should include the basic calculus sequence for physical scientists and/or engineers, differential equations, and vector analysis. Physics courses should include the basic physics sequence for scientists and/or engineers. This normally consists of classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and an introduction to modern physics. Depending on their area of specialization in atmospheric science, students may find course work in one or more of the following areas helpful: fluid mechanics, statistical thermodynamics, kinetic theory, modern physics, physical and/or analytical chemistry, statistics, applied math, numerical analysis, and computer programming.

    In the screening of candidate applications the following information provided by or on behalf of the candidate is used: prior academic transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and student statement of research interests.

    In our graduate program students have access to a broad spectrum of classes in the atmospheric sciences and other disciplines; however, a dominant part of the graduate education experience is performing research under the guidance of an advisor and the student's graduate committee. In order to ensure a quality educational experience for each student, an advisor is pre-assigned to each admitted student. As a result, the limiting factor on our admission of students into the program is the availability of advisors. It follows that many qualified students cannot be admitted because of the limited number of faculty advisors.


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