Online Graduate Certificate Program

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The Online Graduate Certificate in Weather and Climate Risk and Data Analytics Program is an excellent micro-credential for those looking to transition to or advance in the field of atmospheric sciences, or in preparation for admission into the online Master's degree program.


Each of the below course options contains core material and lessons that are delivered asynchronously, allowing you the flexibility to complete them on your own schedule each week. Many of our courses also include a weekly live online lab, giving you the opportunity to interact and collaborate with your instructor and peers.  For maximum scheduling flexibility, we strive to offer both daytime and evening lab session options.

Students completing the Online Graduate Certificate in Weather and Climate Risk and Data Analytics must complete three courses*, totaling 12 credit hours, from the following list:

Online certificate course list

*Other course options may be discussed and approved by the certificate advisor for the program

Course Rotation

Tentative course offerings schedule, Spring 2022 through Fall 2024 (PDF)

Course Spotlights

ATMS 517: Data Science for the Geosciences

Program Requirements

Students who wish to apply must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree, ideally in atmospheric sciences, meteorology, oceanography, or in a related field such as physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering. The degree must be from an accredited college in the United States or an approved institution of higher learning abroad
  • GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher for the last 60 semester hours in a Bachelor's program. 
  • Students who do not meet the degree criterion and/or GPA criterion may still be eligible for consideration. Such students are encouraged to contact Dr. Alicia Klees, Teaching Assistant Professor and program advisor,, to determine their possible eligibility.

Tuition and Fees

2021-22 Tuition and Fee rates via Illinois Online.  There is no financial aid available for this program.

Application Deadlines

Summer 2022: Monday, May 9, 2022
Fall 2022: Monday, August 15, 2022

Spring 2023: Tuesday, January 10, 2023

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