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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 for Communicating Science through the Stony Brook School of Communication and Journalism. 


Office Hours

Starting January 24
Mondays at 4 pm EST

Stop by our virtual office hours to speak with a representative from the School of Communication and Journalism.



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Explore the Program

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 connections 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


Hear from a Current Student
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.

Most of the program may be completed remotely. Students must come to campus to participate in the program's required courses - either JRN 565 (3 credits) or JRN 501, 503, and 513 (1 credit each). 

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Sample Courses