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Master's in Science Communication

Good science needs good communication. 

When you master effective communication, you can effectively advocate for valid, reliable science and help others 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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Application Materials

CV or Resume

3.0 GPA and a bachelor's degree in a STEM, social science, or health-related field, OR commensurate experience

Personal Statement 
500 words

2 Communication Samples 
Academic and/or creative; written, audio or visual formats accepted

3 Letters of Recommendation

TOEFL scores
Required for international applicants

GRE scores


As a grad student, you will learn to

  • Share scientific discoveries in ways that resonate with diverse audiences
  • Conduct empirical, social science research
  • Design and test audience-centered messages for face-to-face and mediated platforms
  • Support diversity and inclusion through communication
  • Contribute to high quality, professional projects


When you graduate, you'll be able to

  • Combine your previous expertise with evidence-based communication practices
  • Help build bridges between science and society

work with transdisciplinary experts to engage in this growing and vital field.


Required Courses

15 credits

Communication Research Methods - COM 516

Building and Assessing Communication Strategies - COM 526

Communicating your Science - COM 565

Communication Law & Ethics - COM 577

Master's Project in Science Communication - COM 699


Elective Courses

15 credits

Choose from among a variety of courses, including:

Communicating Science to Decision Makers - COM 522

Communicating your Science using Digital Media - COM 534

 Special Topics in Science Communication - COM 575

Principles of Inclusive Engagement - JRN 583

Communicating Science & Health Risks to the Public - COM 585

Environmental Communication - COM 605

Data Analysis & Storytelling - COM 615