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Science Communication Master's

Good science requires good communication. 

When you master effective communication, you can advocate for valid, reliable science and help others engage with science in meaningful ways.

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

This program is offered in collaboration with the Alda Center for Communicating Science, a national leader in science communication training and research. It is fully online.


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As a grad student, you will learn to

  • Share scientific discoveries in ways that resonate with diverse audiences
  • Conduct  and evaluate empirical, social science research
  • Design targeted communication campaigns that respond to the needs, values and cultures of an audience
  • Recognize your own biases and understand how your experiences shape how you see and interact with individuals and communities 
  • Support diversity and inclusion in written and verbal communication
  • Contribute to high quality, professional projects that build bridges between science and society

You will also experience the Alda Center's unique approach to communication training that blends social science research, communication strategy and improvisational techniques to help you prepare for and remain nimble in an ever-changing world.


When you graduate, you'll be able to

  • Combine your previous expertise with evidence-based communication practices
  • Pursue a career in science communication, a fast-growing and vital field
  • Help build bridges between science and society

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


Required Courses

18 credits

Communication Research Methods (COM 516)

Building and Assessing Communication Strategies (COM 526)

Foundations of Science Communication (COM 565)

Communication Law & Ethics (COM 577)

Principles of Inclusive Engagement (COM 583)

Master's Project in Science Communication (COM 699)


Elective Courses

15 credits

Choose from among a variety of courses, including:

Advanced Communication Research Methods (COM 517)

Communicating Science to Policy Makers (COM 522)

Communicating Science using Digital Media (COM 534)

 Special Topics in Science Communication (COM 575)

Communicating Science & Health Risks to the Public (COM 585)

Independent Study (COM 587)

Graduate Internship (COM 588)

Environmental Communication (COM 605)