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We are very pleased that you are interested in the graduate program in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Please contact us with any questions that you have about the application proccess.

The Graduate School Office Of Graduate Admissions provides the online application form, application timeline, an FAQ and other useful information that you will need to apply electronically to our department. Paper applications are no longer available.

Documents Required By Our Department:

1) Statement of Purpose* Sample Outline (List any faculty that you would be interested in working with.)

2) Three letters of recommendation. The process for letters of recommendation is explained here. Letters should be from faculty who are familiar with your academic abilities and goals. Letters from supervisors that provide a character reference are also acceptable. We will accept paper copies of the letters of recommendation if you are not able to use the electronic format.

3) Interest List: You will find this at the end of the on-line application.

4) Official transcripts or academic records from each institution
attended. We require two copies. (Do not send transcripts to the Graduate School. They should be sent to the address below.)

5) GRE and TOEFL scores (where applicable). Official scores must be sent electronically to UW-Madison's Graduate School. The institution code is 1846 for both tests. You do not need a department code. We have access to the Graduate School's electronic scores and you do not need to send us a paper copy

*If you complete the Statement of Purpose when you submit the electronic application, you do not need to send us another copy.

If documents are not submitted electronically, they should be sent to:

Graduate Coordinator
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
1225 W. Dayton Street - Room 849
Madison, WI 53706-1695

The Graduate School Checklist tells you what you must send directly to the Graduate School.

Please be sure your application is complete.


The Fall application deadline is February 1. The Spring application deadline is December 1. (For example, if you apply for Fall 2012, the deadline is February 1, 2012. If you apply for Spring 2012, the deadline is December 1, 2011.)

Students who submit their complete application by January 15 have the best chance for assistantship consideration for the Fall semester.

We admit the majority of our students in the Fall semester. We will consider all applications received by February 1 (Fall semester) and December 1 (Spring semester), but the chances of financial support are limited by this time. The basic guideline is that the sooner your apply, the better your chances of getting support.

International students should apply as early as possible. If you are admitted, extra time will be needed to process visa documents.


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