New Graduate Certificate in Science Communication accepting applications

After a successful debut semester, rolling admission is now open for the new Graduate Certificate in Science Communication.

This interdisciplinary certificate program is one of only two science communication certificates in the State University System of Florida. It was created for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty or working professionals in both STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and communication disciplines. Students harness the strategies and tools of strategic communication to help translate science to audiences.

Admission Requirements
Current graduate students in a STEM or communication program must be in good academic standing. Non-degree seeking students must submit their last unofficial transcript to show they’ve completed an undergraduate degree alongside an essay with their application. Students without a background in a STEM discipline or in communication will need to write an essay and be interviewed by the certificate director before enrolling.

Course Requirements
The certificate requires a total of 15 credits, including two foundational required courses (6 credits) and three elective courses (9 credits).

  1. Foundational Courses
    • MMC 5409 Science, Health, Environment and Risk Communication (3 credits)
    • PUR 6117 Strategic Storytelling and Digital Content Creation (3 credits)
  2. Elective Courses
    • Electives in Communication (at least one)
      • VIC 6005 Web Design and Data Visualization (3 credits)
      • COM 5606 Environmental Communication (3 credits)
      • COM 6318 Applied Research Methods (3 credits)
      • MMC 5932 Special Topics (if approved by advisor) (3 credits)
      • PUR 6116 Multimedia Skills for Strategic Communicators (3 credits)
      • PUR 6508 Social Media Metrics and Evaluation (3 credits)
    • Electives in Science (at least one)
      • BSC 6936 Writing, publishing and communicating peer reviewed papers in biological sciences (3 credits)
      • SOP 5058 Proseminar in Social Psychology (3 credits)
      • PHC 6401 Health Behavior and Public Health (3 credits)
      • OR any course from the STEM disciplines with approval from student advisor and certificate coordinator

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