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This certificate is designed for students and professionals wishing to advance their knowledge and careers in the emerging field of Data Journalism. Data-driven journalism is about obtaining, reporting on, curating, and publishing (storifying) data in the public interest. Maps and data infographics are some of the best ways to publish data in order to inform the public and raise awareness.

Principles of journalism, methods and tools for information visualization, social media analysis, and scientific data communication topics are visited in this program.

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


University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Graduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog. TOEFL scores are required of all international applicants who do not hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution within the U.S. (some exceptions apply).

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.


For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: SC-CERG-DJNL

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

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

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Core Courses

GGS 590Selected Topics in Geography 13
GGS 692Web-based Geographic Information Systems3
COMM 642Science and the Public3
or COMM 655 Theory and Practice of Digital Communication
Total Credits9


Select two courses from the following list or others in consultation with an advisor.6
Scientific Information and Data Visualization
Statistical Inference
Statistical Inference
Risk Communication
Controversies in Science Communication
Advanced Communication Skills for STEM
Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns
Crisis Communication
Applied Statistics I
Total Credits6