The Earth System Science program is administered by the Department of Atmospheric Science.
The M.S. in Earth System Science program provides interdisciplinary training and education to students interested in issues related to the
environment and strengthens their capability to conduct research leading
to transition of observational and numerical modeling products to public
policy and decision making. This M.S. program specifically enables
students to gain not only an understanding of the physics of the climate
system and the environment but also a working hands-on knowledge of how
data and information is used to aid decision makers.
The M.S. degree program has a conventional structure. A required set of
Core Courses provides students with a coherent disciplinary base. From
this core, each student then selects from additional Elective Courses to
develop a concentrated expertise and research focus in various areas
related to ESS. A set of Supporting (Professional Development) Courses
provides training in proposal writing and effective communication skills.
Finally, students conduct research and write and defend a Thesis.