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This certificate is designed for graduate students with or without an academic communication background to upgrade their knowledge of the field. It is geared to meet the needs of both communication professionals and science professionals who want to emphasize science communication work in their future careers.

This graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the graduate certificate in science communication, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.


All course choices included in this certificate must be approved by the department.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: LA-CERG-SCMN

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

COMM 639Science Communication3
COMM 641Advanced Communication Skills for STEM3
Total Credits6

One Course in COMM

Select one course from the following:3
Risk Communication
Controversies in Science Communication
Science and the Public
Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns
Crisis Communication
Total Credits3


Two Courses in STEM, Health Sciences, or Science Policy

Select two courses in STEM, Health Sciences, or Science Policy 16
Total Credits6

These courses should be chosen from any STEM, health sciences, or science policy discipline. Both courses must be from the same discipline and must be graduate level. Choices must be approved by the program director. Students should select from 500- or 600-level courses offered by COS, CHHS, Schar, or CEHD.