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Science Communication Graduate Certificate

Build trust and inspire understanding

Science is more than data, and sharing it is more than reciting information.

Start your scientific career ready to engage others, and prepared to inspire trust in your role as a scientist and in the impact of your work.

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

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Permission to Enroll in Secondary Certificate 


This program is designed for students who are enrolled, or will be enrolled, in a Stony Brook graduate program. 

It cannot be completed as a stand-alone credential.

Before applying, you will need two letters of approval: one from your primary program's director and one from the certificate program's director. Both will need to be uploaded with the application.

If you are interested only in a science communication program, check out our Science Communication Master's degree program.


February 1
To start the program in the fall semester

September 1
If you want to start in the spring

Applications that are approved before the add/drop period ends will be effective that semester. 

Applications that are approved after the add/drop period ends will be effective as of the following semester.

Students must declare this certificate at least one semester before the final semester of their primary graduate program at Stony Brook.

Explore the 12-Credit Program

Designed to complement graduate work at Stony Brook in STEM or health

combine your subject-matter knowledge with evidence-based communication strategies 

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Foster effective science communication

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.

In this program, you will :

  • Receive hands-on skills training to combine your deep subject-matter knowledge with evidence-based communication practices
  • Prepare yourself to engage in audience-centered science communication that is meaningful, relatable and upholds scientific integrity
  • Learn to share scientific discoveries in ways that resonate with diverse audiences
  • Design targeted messaging that responds to the needs, values and cultures of an audience
  • Support diversity and inclusion through written and verbal communication

You'll get to work with an interdisciplinary team of faculty researchers and practitioners to explore the science of effective communication and hone your skills through hands-on experiences.

Most of the program may be completed online. The foundational course must be completed in person.

Course Offerings

Required Courses 

6 credits

Foundations of Science Communication - COM 565

Project Work in Science Communication - COM 599


6 credits

Communicating Science to Decision-Makers - COM 522

Building and Assessing Communication Strategies - COM 526

Communicating your Science using Digital Media - COM 534

Special Topics in Science Communication - COM 575

Principles of Inclusive Engagement - JRN 583

Communicating Science and Health Risks to the Public - COM 585

Environmental Communication - COM 605