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We urge all students enrolled in the Applied Meteorology Program (AMP) to familiarize themselves with the policies and procedures of Graduate Studies at MSU in the Graduate Bulletin.

As a graduate student in the Department of Geosciences, you should be aware of the following:

  • Students must complete all 36 hours in the Applied Meteorology Program (AMP) from MSU.
  • The Department of Geosciences allows graduate students to earn only two grades of "C" in the program. Any additional grade below a "B" will result in dismissal from the program and MSU.
  • Students must pass the comprehensive written exam following the completion of the 36 semester hours (12 courses).
  • Students must participate in the final Capstone Course.
  • The time limit on credits earned that can be accepted toward fulfilling degree requirements is 8 years.
  • A student may repeat only one course per degree. Both grades earned for that course will appear on your MSU transcript and will be calculated in your cumulative GPA.
  • To remain in good academic standing, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0. Students must complete all program requirements taken at MSU with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to be eligible for graduation.

Transfer Credit

The Department of Geosciences does not accept prior credit for any of the Applied Meteorology Program (AMP). Course work taken from other schools will not be accepted in lieu of any of the courses offered in this program. However, course substitution is allowed using MSU Geosciences courses when an individual is already proficient in a specific geoscience discipline.


There are some important deadlines to remember during your final 2 semesters:

  • All students must submit a Pre-Audit Form to Mary Ann Dean, Mary@geosci.msstate.edu, 662.325.3476, by the end of the semester before they plan to graduate (Spring for most students).
  • Students should also submit the application for degree according to university deadlines. To access this application, log into the myState portal, choose the Banner tab, look for the Academic Records menu and choose "Apply For A Degree". For the summer graduation, this application deadline is in early June; for fall graduation, the deadline is in early October.

Apply for A Degree

Prior to graduating from the Applied Meteorology Program (AMP) all students must apply for a degree. The application can be found online in the myState portal. Log in and choose the Banner tab. Apply For A Degree is listed under the Academic Records menu.

*** Comprehensive examinations must have been successfully completed transcripts received, and all fees paid in order to be eligible to graduate.

Please consult the Academic Calendar for important deadlines regarding applying for a degree.

Contact Mary Ann Dean at Mary@geosci.msstate.edu or 662.325.3476 with questions about your degree.

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