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Master of Science in Science Communication

Good science needs good communication. 

When you master effective communication, you can effectively advocate for good science and help others to engage with the discoveries that can make life better for all of us.

Help bring science out of labs and libraries and into the world.

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Steps to Apply

  1. Apply through the Graduate School
  2. Ask for 3 letters of recommendation
  3. Submit your GRE (optional) and TOEFL (international applicants only) scores
  4. Submit your official transcripts

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Application Materials

CV or Resume
Transcripts: 3.0 GPA and a degree in a STEM, social science, or health-related field, OR commensurate experience
Test Scores: GRE optional, TOEFL required for international applicants
3 Letters of Recommendation
2 Communication Samples
Personal Statement


Fall 2022 

International: May 1, 2022
Domestic: May 1, 2022


About the Program

Designed for researchers, engineers, technologists, mathematicians, and others with backgrounds in science, the science communication program empowers experts to combine their deep subject-matter knowledge with effective communication practices to join a growing and in-demand field.

Stony Brook's Science Communication program is offered in collaboration with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, one of the leading science communication education, research, and training organizations in the country.

Join a vital, growing field.

As a science communication professional, you will help to connect ground-breaking research with the public interest, including policy, media, and culture, through effective, accurate, and ethical communication.

Connect science to public policy, media and culture.

As a graduate student, you will work with some of the nation’s leading science communication experts, and engage in deep and meaningful ways with this growing field through theory, research, and hands-on professional projects. 

Over the course of the master’s program, you will learn to create and assess audience-specific, research-based communication strategies; design platform-specific messages; and support diversity and inclusion through communication and information-sharing.

Your student experience begins with an exposure to the Alda Method, a unique approach to science communication developed by the Alda Center's experts. It blends improvisational theater techniques with message-design strategies to emphasize powerful communication and empathic listening. The Alda Method has introduced thousands of scientists to powerful, effective communication strategies.

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