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Advanced Graduate Certificate in Communicating Science

Build trust and inspire understanding

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Scientists today must:

  • Master their field
  • Discover new information
  • Inspire trust and build support among policy makers, media, the public, and others

Start your scientific career ready to engage others, and prepared to build trust in your role as a scientist and in the impact of your work.

This program is offered by the Alan Alda Center of Communicating Science through the Stony Brook School of Communication and Journalism. 

Science is more than data, and sharing it requires more than reciting information

Scientific discoveries mean nothing if they are not shared. Effective communication requires trust, mutual understanding, and dynamic two-way conversations in which audience members help build meaning and find ways to engage with new or complex information.

With that strong foundation and interpersonal connection, science can:

  • Inform public policy
  • Support individual and community health and well-being
  • Inspire others to investigate and discover

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Communicating Science complements ongoing graduate-degree work, or can be completed as a stand-alone credential.

The 12-credit program can be completed in as little as one year. 

The program may also be completed remotely. Students must come to campus to participate in the program's required courses - either JRN 365 (3 credits), or JRN 501 and  503 (1 credit each).

Sample Courses

Required Courses

JRN 565: Communicating Your Science 


JRN 501: Foundations of Science Communication I 

JRN 503: Foundations of Science Communication II 

JRN 513: Science of Science Communication 

Elective Courses

JRN 522: Communicating Science to Decision Makers

JRN 525: Health, Environment, Science and Technology Reporting

JRN 528: Engaging with Journalists

JRN 534: Communicating your Science Using Digital Media

Capstone Project

JRN 599: Project Work in Science Communication


Learn More and Apply

Graduate Bulletin 

Stony Brook Graduate School