Online Programs Overview

Join us remotely and earn a M.S. in Weather and Climate Risk and Data Analytics from the University of Illinois, a top public research and academic institution in the country! Take the next steps along your professional journey by advancing your applied expertise in:
This particular skill set is different than, but complementary to that of traditional weather forecasting, and is particularly desirable in the private sector, which is the fastest-growing employment sector in the atmospheric sciences. The programs are fully online, which precludes the need for an extended absence from a current position and/or familial responsibilities, and otherwise maximizes learning flexibility.
"The Department of Atmospheric Sciences conceived this idea back in 2018 after talking with our alumni and colleagues working in the private sector, who expressed frustration in finding qualified applicants for positions in their companies. We learned that the computational and analytical skills they desired in applicants matched well with the courses we were already teaching to our students. An online program seemed like a great way to share these courses more broadly!"
— Jeff Trapp
Professor and Department Head
Collaborate in online classes and an innovative capstone research project with world-renown research professors and teaching faculty in the University of Illinois Atmospheric Sciences Department and staff scientists from the prestigious Prairie Research Institute, home of Illinois’ State Scientific Surveys.
Not yet ready to commit to a full master’s program? That’s totally understandable! Our graduate-level certificate, a 12-credit program and provides an ideal bridge into the 32-credit hour online master’s degree should students desire to continue on for an advanced graduate degree. The certificate and master’s degree programs are fully online, which precludes the need for an extended absence from a current job and/or familial responsibilities, and maximizes learning flexibility.