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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.

With an M.S. in Science Communication from Stony Brook, you will be ready to help bring science out of labs and libraries and into the world.

Designed for scientists, engineers, technologists, mathematicians, and other researchers, 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.

SBU Graduate Bulletin

 

WHY SCIENCE COMMUNICATION? 

Science affects people every day, everywhere.

Clear communication can democratize discoveries and understanding of complex technical information and research.

Gaining a deep understanding of science takes years of study. Years that many people don't have.

With a master’s degree in Science Communication from SBU, you will be uniquely able to engage others and make research relevant to their lives and decisions. You will do more than share information. You will learn to accurately and ethically help others connect information to their lives in meaningful and significant ways.

This innovative program is offered jointly by the School of Communication and Journalism and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, one of the nation’s leading science communication organizations. It is informed by the science of science communication and the Alda Center’s unique training techniques that emphasize creativity, responsiveness, and authentic interpersonal connections.

YOUR STUDENT EXPERIENCE 

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.

Connecting 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 that blends improvisational theater techniques with message-design strategies to emphasize powerful communication and empathic listening. The Alda Method has introduced thousands of scientists and researchers to powerful, effective communication strategies.

 

Apply Now

Students will be admitted on a rolling basis.

Domestic students must apply by July 2.

International students must apply by May 15, to allow time for visa processing.

COMPLETE THE GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION.  

Next Steps

1. Identify three people to provide your reference letters, and make sure they submit them on time.

2. Submit your GRE and TOEFL scores. GRE scores are optional for this program.

3. Submit your transcripts.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following with their Stony Brook graduate application:

A personal statement

In a polished essay of no longer than 750 words, applicants should describe why science communication is important to them; their reasons for applying to the M.S. in Science Communication at Stony Brook; and why they chose their communication samples (see below for more information).

Three  letters of recommendation

The graduate committee is interested in hearing from three different recommenders who can comment on the applicant's academic strengths, communication skills (including oral, written, and multimedia if applicable), and their potential for success in this graduate form. Recommenders can use this SBU form.

CV or resume

Transcripts

Applicants must have a degree in science, social science, technology, engineering, math, or a health-related field, wiht a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Test scores

GRE scores are optional. International applicants must submit their TOEFL scores.

Two samples of communication

Applicants may choose to submit two forms of professional/academic writing  or 1 example of professional/academic writing and one creative work.

Examples of professional/academic writing include, but are not limited to, a class paper, publication or news piece. Creative works include, but are not limited to, professional blog posts, video recordings or social media posts. Examples of science communication are preferred, but not required. Applicants may also submit a professional interview, for example to a media outlet, that they gave as an additional (third) sample.

If the sample is more than 4,000 words or longer than 3 minutes, please submit an excerpt. Applicants should briefly explain why they chose the samples they chose in their personal statement.

 

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To learn more, complete the form below or email socj_grad@stonybrook.edu.