Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2022

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Communicating Science

Dean, School of Communication and Journalism
Laura Lindenfeld, Melville Library, 4th floor

Graduate Program Director
Elizabeth Bojsza, Melville Library, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, 4th floor

For questions related to applications, email

For course registration questions for admitted students, email or call 631-632-7403


The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Communicating Science fosters clear, vivid communication in the areas of science, engineering, health, and other research-based disciplines. Students learn to integrate scientific knowledge, creativity, ethical practice, and verbal and non-verbal communication skills. The program teaches individuals to communicate more effectively about science with a wide variety of potential audiences from their own and other disciplines, while providing background grounding in the field of science communication. Students learn and develop dynamic ways to connect with, and respond to, diverse audiences and acquire fundamental skills, including understanding and connecting with audiences, setting focused communication goals, and speaking clearly and conversationally about their work and why it matters. Additionally, individuals develop a fundamental understanding of research on science communication and apply this knowledge to practice identifying main points, speaking without jargon, explaining meaning and context, responding to questions, using narrative techniques, and using multimedia elements. Students also learn to critically examine the presentation of scientific information to society, including analyzing challenges and opportunities for science outreach and communication.