Graduate Bulletin

Fall 2022

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

1. A personal statement - In a polished short essay of no longer than 750 words, applicants should describe why science communication is important to them, their reasons for applying to the MS in Science Communication at SBU, and why they chose the communication samples in requirement #7.
2. Three letters of recommendation. We are 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 program.
3. CV/Resume
4. Transcripts. Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in a science, social science, technology, engineering, math, or health-related degree, or a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in another field and relevant experience.
5. GRE scores are optional
6. Language proficiency scores (international applicants). Please refer to the most up to date requirements found on the Graduate Bulletin .
7. In addition to the above, applicants are required to submit two samples of communication. Applicants may choose to submit 2 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): class paper; publication, or news piece.
  • Examples of creative work include (but are not limited to):professional blog posts, video recordings, and social media posts.

Science communication is preferred, but not required. If the applicant would also like to submit a professional interview where the applicant is the subject, please add this as an additional sample.

For all samples, please select excerpts if the length of writing is in excess of 4000 words or in the case of media longer than three minutes playing time.

Applicants should briefly explain why they chose the samples they have added to their personal statement.

NOTE: All requirements must be completed by the end of the term preceding admission to the program (i.e. by end of spring term for a fall admission; end of fall term for a spring admission). Students may be offered conditional admission if there are any outstanding admissions requirements.

A committee consisting of the Graduate Program Director and three program faculty will evaluate all applications, including exceptions to the requirements.

Applicants may be invited to interview via video conference.

The Graduate Program Director will meet with new students upon enrollment to help them chart a path for the successful completion of their degree during the duration of their graduate studies.