Atmosphere and Ocean Science and Mathematics (PhD)

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Program Description

The importance of climate research is universally acknowledged because of its obvious importance to all life on our planet. Pushing the boundaries of the fundamental understanding of complex climate processes that occur and interact over vastly different length and time scales is crucial for reducing the uncertainty in climate forecasts.

Our center offers an interdisciplinary PhD in Atmosphere Ocean Science and Mathematics (AOSM). The program shares many exciting features with the PhD in Mathematics. Our goal is to train mathematically talented students both in the tools of modern applied mathematics and disciplinary atmosphere-ocean science. By drawing students from new pools of talent, our program seeks to be a significant channel for the recruitment and training of excellent students into the important and highly interdisciplinary fields of atmosphere, ocean, and climate science. We are committed to the education and training of our graduate students.

The Courant Institute at New York University has a world-leading reputation in applied mathematics and scientific computation and the placement of the Center within the Courant Institute provides a unique platform for interdisciplinary research. Our students greatly benefit from being part of the broader NYU community, and the NYC area.

Who Should Apply

The AOSM PhD program lies within the Mathematics Department and is a closely-related sibling program to the PhD in Mathematics. We seek to admit and train scholars who possess great intellectual potential to shape the future of the atmospheric and oceanic sciences, building bridges between applied mathematics and climate research.  

Candidates should have: (1) a strong background in mathematics, physics, and/or engineering; (2) experience in research (or the equivalent, e.g., through work or outreach); and (3), most importantly, a sincere interest (but not necessarily experience) in the dynamics that underlie Earth’s climate. 

Intellectual potential, a passion to understand the climate system, and the tenacity to overcome obstacles are the key attributes of successful PhD students in our program.  These qualities can be demonstrated in many ways.  Our students come from all across the United States and world, bringing diverse interests (from pure math to applied physics), educational, and life experiences.  

We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in our field, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender, and sexual identity. 

Please refer to the AOSM Degree Requirements page for further information on coursework, examinations and other aspects of the program.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

See Mathematics for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.