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M.S. and Ph.D. Defense

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M.S. Defense

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Plan A (Thesis Plan)

An oral examination, consisting of a seminar and a question session by the student’s committee, is conducted. The exam outcome is reported to Graduate School within two working days via the GS24 form.

Plan B (Non-thesis Plan)

The student is required to submit a brief research paper in AMS format. The student’s committee decides on a topic. An examination is also given covering the student’s course program. The exam outcome is reported to Graduate School within two working days via the GS24 form.

An M.S. student is expected to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in the fundamentals of atmospheric science. Students will be examined on their core program – specifically in atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric physics and chemistry, atmospheric circulation systems, and atmospheric measurements.

Thesis defenses are open to all members of the University community and the public at large.

Ph.D. Defense

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An oral examination, consisting of a seminar and a question session by the student’s committee is conducted. The exam outcome is reported to Graduate School within two working days via the GS24 form.

The final examination primarily will cover the dissertation, but additional subject matter, specified by the committee at the time of the preliminary examination, also may be covered. Dissertation defenses are open to all members of the University community and the public at large.