Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science

Opportunity for Graduate Students to Join Professor Mary Whelan's Lab

Professor Mary Whelan, who will joining the Rutgers faculty for the Fall 2019 semester, is interested in recruiting graduate students to join her research group! Professor Whelan's research involves measurement of atmospheric trace gases to diagnose plant and soil processes and human interactions with the environment. For more information about Professor Whelan, her research, and available PhD opportunities see: or contact her directly at: mwhelan at carnegiescience dot edu

About the Program

The Rutgers Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science (GPAS) offers both M.S. and Ph.D degrees. GPAS faculty conduct research in a variety of topics, including climate dynamics from regional to global scales, synoptic meteorology and extreme events, tropical meteorology, paleoclimate, cloud and radiation physics, ocean-atmosphere interactions, land-atmosphere interactions, and climate-chemistry-aerosol interactions.

Any prospective student with a Bachelor's Degree or higher in a mathematical or scientific discipline is a candidate for the program. Previous education in atmospheric sciences is not required for acceptance. Beginning students are required to have taken calculus through differential equations (usually 4 semesters), two semesters of physics for the sciences (including laboratory), one semester of atmospheric thermodynamics, and one semester of atmospheric dynamics. Ideally, these courses should be completed before the student enrolls; otherwise, they should be taken as soon as possible. Students are also expected to be competent in computer programming in one or more high-level programming languages. A successful applicant is expected to have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, a verbal GRE score of at least 153, and a quantitative GRE score of at least 148. For international applicants requiring an English language proficiency test, the minimum TOEFL score for acceptance is 590 (paper version) or 96 (iBT).  For the iELTS exam, the minimum score for acceptance is bandwidth 7.  Experience and outstanding contributions to science are also considered in the evaluation of each applicant. The program may offer fellowships, teaching assistantships, and faculty-supported research assistantships to highly qualified applicants.

The deadline for application for the Fall semester is March 1, although candidates wishing to receive full consideration for all financial aid opportunities are encouraged to submit applications by January 15. Applications are also accepted for the Spring Semester with a deadline of November 1.

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For further information or questions about GPAS, please contact Dr. Benjamin Lintner, GPAS Program Director:

Benjamin Lintner
Department of Environmental Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ  08901-8551

Phone: 848-932-5731
Email:  lintner[at]envsci[dot]rutgers[dot]edu