Texas Tech University

Graduate Admissions and Advising

Dr. Christopher Weiss
M.S. Graduate Advisor: Atmospheric Science

Email: chris.weiss@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-4712

Fax: (806) 742-1738

  1211 Media and Communication Building

Address: Department of Geosciences, Mail Stop 1053, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-1053

Advising Hours:  By appointment

Dr. Christopher Weiss


Students interested in the M.S. in Atmospheric Science or the Ph.D. in Geosciences (Atmospheric Science track) should register their interest at choosegrad.ttu.edu.  The link provides more information about the graduate program as well as a description of the documents required for preparing an application.

Admission to the graduate program in Atmospheric Science is contingent upon:

1) admission by the Graduate School at Texas Tech and

2) admission by the Department of Geosciences.

To submit an application, please visit the Graduate School admissions portal.

For the M.S. degree, in addition to the requirements of the Graduate School (e.g., transcripts, application fee), we require the following materials for a completed application: 

  • A personal statement stating background, research interests and career goals
  • Three letters of reference
  • Resume/CV (optional)
  • GRE scores (optional)

Please note that, as of September 2020, GRE scores are no longer a required part of the application package.  Prospective students are encouraged to submit these scores if they have taken the exam, but applications without these scores will not be penalized.

We require incoming M.S. students to have, by the semester graduate study is to begin: 

  • A Bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Science or a related field
  • Calculus through ordinary differential equations (3-4 semesters at most institutions).  Partial differential equations is not required, but is very useful.
  • Two semesters of Physics (forces/motion and electricity/magnetism)

For full consideration, complete applications (M.S. or Ph.D.) for Fall semester should be received by February 1. If you have any questions, please email chris.weiss@ttu.edu

We do occasionally have spaces available for Spring semester admission.  For full consideration, these applications should be completed by November 1.

Academic Programs

Atmospheric Science is a basic physical science which involves the study of the structure of the atmosphere and the processes which generate storms and other features of weather and climate. As an environmental science, Atmospheric Science is a focal point for research involving environmental quality and air pollution, global climate change, water resources, and severe weather events.


The Atmospheric Science Program maintains a strong commitment to both teaching and research in atmospheric science. Major areas of research include, but are not limited to, the following: