McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, QC
Canada H3A 2T5

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (M.Sc.)

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Description The M.Sc. degree requires a minimum of 45 credits, up to a maximum of 51 credits. The program includes from 9 to 27 credits of course work (depending on the student's background, a minimum of 24 thesis research credits, and the completion of a thesis satisfying the requirements of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Normally, the equivalent of 12 months of full-time work is required to obtain the thesis research credits, in addition to the time needed for the course work. Students can choose to write their thesis based on research in atmospheric, oceanic, or climate topics. Thesis research normally begins in early May of the M.Sc.1 year. The formal procedure for choosing a supervisor for the M.Sc. thesis research generally begins in December, near the end of the first fall term of the M.Sc. program. At this time, a set of research topics prepared by the faculty is circulated to all the M.Sc.1 students. Normally, these topics will be related to the material presented by each professor in ATOC 550, which is taken in the fall term of the M.Sc 1 year. However, in a given year, there may be some faculty who do not submit a research topic because of funding limitations or other commitments. Prior to receiving this set of research topics in December however, students are encouraged to speak with the professors about their research interests. Each student is asked to choose up to three topics (in rank order) in which he or she would like to do research. The students should consult the professors about their choice. Then, in early January of the winter term, each student has an interview with a committee of two to three professors. At this interview, the student gives his or her reasons for choosing the three topics on their list, and states whether or not the professors associated with each topic are willing to supervise the student. Generally, the students receive their first choice as the topic for their research. However, in the case of a conflict between two students (e.g., two students choosing the same topic as their first choice), the interview committee determines which student will get his/her first choice; the other student in this conflict will normally get his/her second choice for a research topic. The interview committee’s decision is based on various factors, including the academic performance of the student in the topics of their choice, and the work loads of faculty members.
Website: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (M.Sc.) at McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Areas of Research: Computational Science and Engineering, Environment
Thesis Based? Yes
Length: 2 Year(s)
Cost per year:

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  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
  • Graduate Record Examination

GRE – required for applicants who have not studied at a Canadian university

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
Written sample, research statement required.

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Last Updated: July 23, 2015