Writing. Reporting. Research. Analysis.
Boston University’s Science and Medical Journalism program offers an intense curriculum leading to a Master of Science degree, in which students develop the skills necessary to succeed in the competitive and rapidly evolving science communication industry. Although our emphasis is on writing, reporting, research, and analysis—the heart of all insightful and precise communication—students learn a variety of forms, including multimedia, radio, and documentary for both film and television.
Expand your expertise.
The degree, awarded by the College’s Department of Journalism, comprises 40 credit hours taken over two semesters and a summer professional internship. In addition to courses within the program, students may take electives elsewhere in the College of Communication or in other colleges throughout the University, particularly in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Public Health, or, in some cases, the School of Medicine. The classes within the program are small—usually eight to ten students—with an emphasis on professional-level reporting and writing.
Launch your career.
Graduates have landed positions at Wired, NPR’s Living on Earth, Science, Nature, Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Discover, Science News, the Wall Street Journal and PBS’s NOVA, as well as educational institutions and laboratories such as MIT, Harvard Medical School, Stanford’s Linear Accelerator Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.