Professional Meteorology and Climatology Graduate Certificate

Are you interested in furthering your career in advanced atmospheric science? Ball State’s graduate certificate in professional meteorology and climatology is a focused, robust program that builds on your undergraduate education to make you a highly marketable employment candidate.

The Department of Geography offers graduate courses in professional meteorology and climatology that adhere to specific requirements mandated by the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Service (Federal Civil Service GS1340) for qualifications as a professional meteorologist.

What You Will Learn

In this program, you will have the opportunity to study topics like:

  • meteorology
  • climate
  • satellite and radar forecasting

Major Requirements

For the graduate certificate in meteorology and climatology, you’ll select 15 credits (usually five classes) from a list of seven graduate-level electives in meteorology.

You should consult the department for course availability and the graduate school catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions.




A few of the classes you will take may include:

  • GEOG 525 Physical Meteorology
  • GEOG 530 Weather Analysis
  • GEOG 531 Global Climate
  • GEOG 635 Satellite and Radar Forecasting
  • GEOG 547 Thermodynamic Meteorology
  • GEOG 549 Synoptic Meteorology
  • GEOG 550 Mesoscale Meteorology
  • GEOG 551 Dynamic Meteorology

For a complete list of all courses and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Graduate Certificate in Professional Meteorology and Climatology?

Graduates who have studied meteorology and climatology have found jobs in commercial and government sectors. Others have landed jobs with state emergency management agencies, radio and television stations, and private forecasting companies in both the United States and Canada.

A few of the job titles our graduates have earned include:

Paying for Your Education

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Review our admissions criteria and apply.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.

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