Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

The School of Journalism Graduate Program

The M.S. program in Journalism focuses on coverage of science, health, the environment and technology, while providing grounding in the skills of print, multimedia, video and broadcast reporting. In-depth reporting and engaging presentation are emphasized. The program is designed to meet the needs of students of varying backgrounds, including those with a strong science or health background who may be new to journalism, as well as journalism majors and working journalists who want to specialize or update their skills. The 40-credit program, can be completed by fulltime students in three semesters and two summers. It is SUNY’s only journalism master's program.

Faculty with real-world experience, working in a state of the art $1.3 million newsroom, will help students build their skills, while proximity to New York City provides access to valuable internships and distinguished visiting lecturers. The program also takes advantage of the rich resources in science and health at Stony Brook and its affiliated institutions, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. But although the program focuses on coverage of science and related fields, the skills learned will serve graduates well no matter what kind of journalism they pursue. For more on the M.S. program, please visit

In addition, the School of Journalism offers innovative courses in Communicating Science to the Public, developed in cooperation with Stony Brook’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. These courses, which do not lead to a journalism degree, are intended to help graduate students in the sciences learn to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the press, and others outside their own field, including colleagues in other disciplines. These courses can be taken separately or as part of the Advanced Certificate in Health Communications, which is offered jointly by the School of Journalism and the Program in Public Health. For more on the Advanced Certificate, please visit: