MS Degree Program, Department of Meteorology
Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing
Minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate Division are outlined at the SJSU Office of Graduate Studies and Research website. In addition, for classified standing, the student must have the equivalent of a San José State University Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology or, with the approval of the department graduate committee, a degree in a physical science or mathematics.
Admission to Conditionally Classified Standing
Those students who meet minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate Division, but do not meet departmental requirements, may be admitted to conditionally classified standing, on the approval of the department graduate committee.
Requirements for Admission to Candidacy
In addition to the requirements set forth in the Academic Requirements section of the SJSU catalog, which include satisfactory completion of the Graduate English Writing Requirement, the student must possess an adequate background in meteorology. Competence in the general areas covered by Metr 100W, 121A, 124, and 171A (Metr 61 may be substituted for 171A), must be demonstrated to the Department Graduate Committee prior to admission to candidacy. This can be done by: satisfactory completion of these courses (or their equivalent) with a minimum grade of "B", or passage of a comprehensive written examination. Students should consult with the graduate advisor concerning these alternatives.
Formation of Department Graduate Committee
During the first semester following admission, the MS candidate will work with the Graduate Advisor to plan their course of study and to assign the candidate to a thesis advisor. Within the first year following admission, the MS candidate must formalize their course of study with their thesis advisor and Graduate Committee.
Requirements for the completion of the MS Degree in Meteorology
Courses taken to meet the requirements for admission to candidacy will not be counted as part of the MS program. All students must demonstrate competency in written English. There are two tracks (Plan A and Plan B) that lead to the completion of the MS Degree.
Plan A (with Thesis)
An acceptable written research thesis and a successful oral presentation of the thesis are required. A minimum of 30 units of coursework, including:
a. Met 205A, 215, and 240 (9 units)
b. at least two of the following: Met 205B, 206, 208, 224, 245, or 280 (6 units)
c. at least 9 additional units at 100 or 200 level in Meteorology (including Met 121B, 123, 125, 130, 131, 150, 160, 171B, 172, or 185, but excluding Met 285, 298, and 299), Physics, Computer Science, or Mathematics; chosen with the consent of the Advisor.
d. at least 6 additional units from Met 285 (Seminar - minimum 1 unit), Met 298 (Research), and Met 299 (Thesis - minimum 2 units)
Plan B (without Thesis)
This plan is open to those students who can demonstrate to the Departmental Graduate Committee that they possess adequate professional meteorological experience to substitute for the research thesis. The Plan B option is only offered under exceptional circumstances.
Requirements are identical to those for Plan A, except that a thesis is not required. Three additional units of 200-level meteorology courses (other than 285 or 298) will be substituted. In addition, a suitable topic in meteorology will be selected by the student in consultation with his or her advisor on which to prepare a carefully documented written report (for two or more units of Metr 298).