About the School of Meteorology

The School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma is the largest such program in the nation, with more than 250 undergraduates students and approximately 85 graduate students. The School offers studies leading to a Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Meteorology. Our program lies within the relatively small College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences so you will have a small college feel within a large department and university atmosphere. We are proud of our award winning student body as evidenced by a long list of accomplishments. The highlights of student awards include a recent PhD graduate receiving a Marshall Sherfield Post-Graduate Fellow—- the 1st ever in the atmospheric sciences, a undergraduate becoming a Goldwater Scholar (plus an honorable mention), a PhD candidate receiving a Bluewater Scholar and our undergraduates receiving 7 of the 23 American Meteorological Society 2015 Named Scholarships (wow).

Unique aspects of the School of Meteorology include our location in the National Weather Center on the University’s research campus, which benefits students by the close proximity and exposure to the breadth of the atmospheric sciences.  Our partners within the National Weather Center and on the research campus include: i) Mission oriented research with NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory and the Department of Interior’s South Central Climate Science Center; ii) Operational forecasters with NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center and the local office of the National Service; iii) The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorology (CIMMS) building research collaboration between NOAA and the University; iv) University Strategic Research Organizations including the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms and the Advanced Radar Research Center. Undergraduates have opportunities to apply for internships and shadowing opportunities with several of these organizations. Graduate students can have advisors are faculty within the School or Affiliate or Adjunct Faculty with these organizations. Besides our strong NOAA collaborations, our graduate program was recently ranked in the top five atmospheric sciences graduate programs in the nation in terms of funding received by the National Science Foundation. 

Another unique aspect of our program is a vibrant international exchange program with University of Reading (UK), University of Hamburg (Germany) and Monash University (Australia). These exchanges take place during the junior year and the curriculum are well synced so that students are not penalized in their degree progress. We also have developing relationships with Kyoto (Japan) and Nanjing Universities. We try to be a student focused in that each undergraduate will have a faculty advisor within the School beginning in their sophomore year. We have financial support for students to attend professional conferences (typically in their senior year), a number of awards and a limited scholarship program. Donors note—increasing our scholarship program is our greatest need (see the donor page).

For more information about the School of Meteorology, please read our fact sheet.

To learn about the department’s history, please read about the evolution of the School.