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Graduate Programs

The Faculty of the Atmospheric Sciences Program of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences comprises scientists from the Department, and the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. This combination of two distinct but related institutions gives the University at Albany the largest program of education and research in the atmospheric sciences in New York State. The ASRC and the local office of the National Weather Service (NWS) are both located in the Center for Environmental Sciences and Technology Management (CESTM), which is within easy walking distance of the Department. The Graduate Program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in a wide variety of research topics in atmospheric and environmental sciences.

The current group of scientists covers a broad range of interests in the atmospheric and environmental sciences. A summary description of the three broad areas of research we offer for graduate study can be found to the right. Students may combine these areas or propose interdisciplinary research with other departments, such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience, Geography, Environmental Health Sciences, and Public Affairs. The Department of Environmental Health Sciences located at the Wadsworth Center, in particular, has several faculty members with research interests in atmospheric and environmental chemistry. Opportunities exist for internships and cooperative research with the Albany National Weather Service office which is located on the University campus. Some of this cooperative research is through the CSTAR program. The program also has a close relationship with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, formalized through cross-registration policies for graduate students, cross-faculty collaborations on doctoral examinations, cooperative uses of equipment, and a joint research seminar series. The NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training (at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University at Albany) to study the origin of life (New York Center for the Study of the Origin of Life) provides research opportunities, including research assistantships. Other local resources include the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the US Geological Survey Water Resources Division.

Members of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are funded externally by agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Office for Naval Research (ONR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Air Force Office for Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Graduate Assistantships

Fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships are available for students in the doctoral program with stipends beginning at $22,000 per calendar year. Students in the master's program are eligible only for research assistantships with 12-month stipends of $20,000. Tuition scholarships for up to 18 credits per year are offered to all students receiving financial support.

Graduate Applications

You must apply to the program through the University Graduate Admissions office. This link takes you to the page where you may choose to request an application packet be mailed to you, or download the materials electronically, or apply online. Students are encouraged to apply directly to the PhD program even if their immediate goal is the MS degree.

For more information on the Graduate program send an email request to the Dept office; or email, call, or write to:

Dr. Robert Keesee, Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program Director,
Dept.of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences - ES 351, University at Albany, Albany NY 12222, USA.
(518)-442-4566 email


This links to a list of Atmospheric Science Program faculty and their areas of expertise, and individual faculty web pages. If you wish to discuss a specific research opportunity in more depth with a particular faculty member, we encourage you to email or call them directly.

Research facilities and equipment

Links to: the Official University Graduate Bulletin, and the Earth and Atmospheric Science entry in that Bulletin. Official listing of Graduate Courses in Atmospheric Science.

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