This certificate, designed for graduate students and professionals with or without a communication background, explores how science communication research informs best practices within diverse, applied settings (and vice-versa). Spanning the intersection of research and practice, graduates strengthen science communication efforts geared toward various audiences and support effective science-related decision making within academic, government, and non-profit sectors, among others.  

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


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

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

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

Core Course

COMM 639Science Communication3
Total Credits3

Electives in COMM

Select two courses from the following:6
Risk Communication
Controversies in Science Communication
Science and the Public
Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns
Communication Internship
Crisis Communication
Total Credits6

Electives in Science

Students select two 500- or 600- level courses in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), health sciences, or science policy disciplines offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science, the College of Public Health, the Schar School of Policy and Government, or the College of Education and Human Developement.6
Total Credits6