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Master's in Science Communication

Bring science out of labs and libraries and into the world.

A flexible degree for a growing professional field

Complete your degree in as little as 1.5 years

33-credit program

Entirely online degree offered through synchronous and asynchronous courses

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

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33-credit M.S. in Science Communication

Complete your degree from anywhere, at your own pace

Our students are a mix of working professionals and full-time students.

In your classes, you'll learn about the science of science communication, professional opportunities in this growing field, and have a chance to network with peers and potential future colleagues.

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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.

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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)

Climate Communication (COM 550)

Mobile Podcasting (JRN 545)

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

Environmental Communication (COM 605)