Academic Divisions

Meteorology & Physical Oceanography

About MPO

The Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (MPO) of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) is engaged in research and graduate instruction in the physical processes governing the motion and composition of the ocean and atmosphere. The program ranges from direct observation to theoretical and numerical modeling of the earth-atmosphere system. There are currently 35 students enrolled in the program. Students come from a variety of educational backgrounds (marine science, meteorology, physics, mathematics, engineering, etc.)


A modern fleet of research vessels, small boats, excellent computer facilities, a highly technical field capability, and an extensive library provide the perfect research environment for both budding and accomplished meteorologists or physical oceanographers. Combined with the other on-campus divisions and unique tools like the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing, the School offers opportunities in meteorology and physical oceanography available at few other institutions.


Applicants must take the GRE, and those whose first language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550.A strong background in physics and mathematics is recommended.

Funding Opportunities

The overwhelming majority of MPO students are supported as research assistants. These assistantships, which are awarded competitively, provide a monthly stipend and cover tuition costs. Students not supported as research assistants are generally supported on special fellowships provided by their employer or, for some non-U.S. students, their home country.

Degrees Offered

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees
Flyer on MPO Educational and Research Opportunities

Other Perks

Located on the Virginia Key Campus of the University of Miami, the School is adjacent to NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories (AOML) and Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFC). There are strong interactions with the Physical Oceanography Division and Hurricane Research Division of AOML and research efforts at SEFC.

Jingu Maru

Meteorology and Physical Oceanography

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