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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 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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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
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A 33-Credit, Online Master's Program

As a grad student, you will be able 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

Designed for researchers, engineers, mathematicians, and others with backgrounds in science, the MS in Science Communication empowers experts to combine subject-matter knowledge with evidence-based communication practices. Our program is offered in collaboration with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, the national leader in science communication research and practice.

Your degree, on your time

Earn your science communication degree as a full-time or part-time student, from wherever you are. 

Students will spend one weekend at the start of their graduate program at Stony Brook's campus on Long Island, New York. In that one weekend, you will experience the unique Alda Method of science communication, meet your peers and faculty in person, and set the stage for an enriching and deeply connected graduate program.

Help build bridges between science and society

As a science communication professional, you will help to connect ground-breaking research and life-altering discoveries to society - through policy, media, and culture - using effective, accurate, and ethical communication. 

You will work with interdisciplinary faculty to engage in this growing and vital field.

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Required Courses

18 credits

Communication Research Methods - COM 516

Building and Assessing Communication Strategies - COM 526

Communicating your Science - COM 565

Communication Law & Ethics - COM 577

Graduate Internship - COM 588

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