SOJ Master’s program begins

The School of Journalism’s new Master of Science program in journalism got underway July 11, as the program’s first nine students arrived for classes. The MS program focuses on coverage of science, health, the environment and technology, building on Stony Brook’s depth in these areas. It is the only journalism master’s program in the SUNY system.

The initial class brings together students with diverse interests and experiences. They come with backgrounds in biology, meteorology, nursing, psychology, public health, political science, history, communications and journalism. The class includes graduates of the University of Michigan, Tufts University, New York University, the University of Seville, Spain, and SUNY Plattsburgh, as well as Stony Brook.

Class members include Matthew Gerardi, Daniel Hofmann, Avesta Khursand, Marta Lora Reina, Anthony McGovern, Carrie Miller, Sheena Rubino, Gavin Stern and Ansa Varughese.

The MS in journalism is a 40-credit program aimed at preparing students for satisfying and challenging careers in a rapidly changing field. It can be completed by full-time students in three semesters and one summer, although students may choose to take more time. In most cases, students will enter the program in the summer semester.

Stony Brook master’s students are learning to cover the issues shaping the future — issues like climate change, health care policy, food safety, energy sources, and computer security. The program takes advantage of the rich resources in science and health at Stony Brook and its affiliated institutions, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. But although it emphasizes coverage of science and related fields, the skills learned will serve graduates well no matter what kind of journalism they pursue.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Bass, Interim Program Director,