Ph.D. candidates for the Program in Atmosphere and Ocean Science and Mathematics are expected to be full-time students. The program normally requires five years of full-time study.
The requirements for the Ph.D. are the following:
- A total of 72 points: 18 points of core AOS credits consisting of Methods of Applied Mathematics, MATH-GA 2701, Fluid Dynamics, MATH-GA 2702, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, MATH-GA 3001, Ocean Dynamics, MATH-GA 3003, Atmospheric Dynamics, MATH-GA 3004 and Advanced Topics in Atmosphere-Ocean Science (Climate Dynamics) MATH-GA 3011, 30 points of additional graduate mathematics course credits (12 courses), 20 points of research credits, and 4 points of seminar credits.
- A grade of A on written comprehensive examinations in linear algebra, advanced calculus, and geophysical fluid dynamics, taken during the first year of study, and an oral examination in basic physical principles and applied mathematics, taken in the second year.
- The passing of oral doctoral examinations, including defense of the Ph.D. dissertation.