New Master’s Program in School of Journalism

A new Master’s degree program in journalism, the first in the SUNY system, will begin at Stony Brook University in June, 2011. The program will focus on coverage of health, science, the environment and technology, while preparing students to thrive as all-around journalists in the rapidly changing media landscape.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this new graduate program,” said Howard Schneider,dean of the School of Journalism. “Whether it’s climate change or vaccine safety or oil drilling technology – the issues that our students will learn to cover are at the center of public concern.Good journalism on these subjects has never been more important.”

The MS program is designed to serve the needs of several kinds of students: journalism majors and working journalists who may have relatively little background in science, and people with strong science backgrounds who are seeking alternative career paths but may have little background in journalism.

Stony Brook’s rich resources in the sciences, including its relationships with Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, will enable students to report on advanced research being done by leading scientists in a range of fields. At the same time,Stony Brook’s School of Journalism, the only journalism school in SUNY, will offer students an experienced faculty, dedicated to helping students learn traditional values of accuracy,independence and deep reporting as well as proficiency in the latest digital techniques. The new MS program will make full use of the journalism school’s broadcast studio and its $1.3 million Newsroom, stocked with up-to-date multimedia equipment.

The 40-credit Master’s program starts in the summer and can be completed by fulltime students in three semesters and one summer, although students may choose to take more time. Required courses include a 6-credit foundation course (Health, Environment, Science and Technology Reporting, or HESTR), a science issues seminar, an internship, a Master’s project, and courses in investigative techniques and ethics, as well as a choice of broadcast and multimedia courses.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Bass, program director,, 631-632-1162.