Online Master's Program

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Through the Online Master's Degree in Weather and Climate Risk and Data Analytics Program, students already working in the atmospheric sciences and related fields, or those already engaged in preparing for a career in these fields, can earn a terminal degree specifically focused on weather and climate risk and data analytics. Students typically complete this program in approximately two to three years, while maintaining their professional and personal obligations.


Each of the below courses 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 Master’s Degree in Weather and Climate Risk and Data Analytics Program must complete the six courses below, along with ATMS 596 (capstone) taken twice, for a total of 32 credit hours.

Master's degree course list

****Prior to enrolling in the courses, the student must develop a plan of study in consultation with the program’s academic adviser, Dr. Alicia Klees.

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 

Fall 2022: Monday, August 1, 2022
Spring 2023: Thursday, December 15, 2022

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