Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (APS) Degree Programs


The Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences offers the M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. The new graduate curriculum is approved, and recruitment of students is now a priority. A minor degree in Atmospheric and Planetary Science (APS Minor) is offered for undergraduates pursuing careers where knowledge in these areas can be an advantage.

Course Tracks

Undergraduate Minor Program
Master’s Program
Doctoral Program

Admission Requirements

For APS Graduate Program (GRE IS WAIVED)

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Personal Statement
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation: recommender signature is required on letterhead
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for applicants whose native language is not English)
  • Copy of passport (for international students only)

Undergraduate disciplines recommended for graduate study include: Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Planetary Sciences, Astronomy, Computer Science, and Engineering. Students with 2-3 semesters of calculus, differential equations, linear algebra (recommended not required) and knowledge of some computer programming language are encouraged to apply.

All other undergraduate majors interested in graduate degrees from APS are encouraged to talk to Dr. Robert Loughman, Departmental Chair. Additional undergraduate science or mathematics courses might be required before graduate courses are begun based on each student’s past studies.