The Master of Science Program in Journalism

Stony Brook’s MS program in journalism is a unique opportunity for those interested in pursuing careers in science journalism or science communication. Our program delivers focused, professional training in coverage of a wide array of topics in health, science, environment and technology. We welcome students with journalism experience as well as those with health or science backgrounds who want to pursue new career paths.


Students in our small and individualized program do first-hand reporting in the field, interview top scientists and build their writing, video and multimedia skills in our modern newsroom. They work closely with our faculty of highly accomplished journalists and learn how to report and communicate the most important and exciting issues in science today—from cancer research to climate change, digital security to sustainable energy, global health to new technology.

Our students take advantage of the rich resources in science and health at Stony Brook and its affiliated institutions—Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory—and benefit from our close collaboration with our nationally recognized Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Students in the program have travel opportunities and access to top internships. And they graduate into careers with news organizations, science publications, research and government institutions.

The Master of Science in journalism is a 40-credit program that can be completed by full-time students in three semesters, though students may choose to take fewer courses per semester and complete the degree over a longer time. As the only journalism masters program in the State University of New York system, our degree costs substantially less than comparable programs at private universities.