Communicating Science Advanced Graduate Certificate


Learn to share your science with the Alda Center’s Advanced Graduate Certificate in Communicating Science 

Scientists today must:

  • Master their science
  • Discover new information
  • Share their work’s significance with policymakers, media, the public, and others

Start your scientific career prepared to talk about your work and why it matters.

Scientific literacy is vital, and scientists are the best prepared to help the public distinguish science fiction from science fact. Accurate scientific understanding:

  • Informs public policy
  • Ensures others can make appropriate, informed decisions about their health and well-being
  • Inspires others to investigate and discover

The Science Communication program compliments ongoing graduate-degree work, or can be completed as a stand-alone credential.

This 12-credit certificate can be completed in as little as one year.

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Stony Brook University Students

Apply here and submit a Permission to Enroll in a Secondary Certificate Program form

Not a Stony Brook student?

Review these pages and apply here through the SBU Graduate School.



Required Courses

  • JRN 565: Communicating Your Science (3 credits)


  • JRN 501: Foundations of Science Communication (1 credit)
  • JRN 503: Foundations of Science Communication II (1 credit)
  • JRN 513: Science of Science Communication (1 credit)

Elective Courses

  • JRN 522: Communicating Science to Decision Makers (3 credits)
  • JRN 525: Health, Environment, Science and Technology Reporting (3 credits)
  • JRN 528: Engaging with Journalists (3 credits)
  • JRN 534: Communicating your Science using Digital Media (3 credits)
  • JRN 575: Special Topics in Science Communication (3 credits)
  • JRN 587: Independent Study (1-6 credits)
  • JRN 588: Graduate Internship (1-6 credits)

Capstone Project

  • JRN 599: Project Work in Science Communication (3 credits)
  • JRN 575 or 588 may substitute for JRN 599 with approval

To learn more, contact Elizabeth Bojsza, program director, at