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The Graduate Program in Science Journalism at Boston University is dedicated to improving the understanding of science, medicine and technology worldwide. We strive to meet this goal by training students and veteran journalists to recognize, investigate, analyze and narrate scientific and medical findings, issues and concerns, focusing on the untangling of complexities and controversies for a lay audience.

A career in science and medical journalism offers a rewarding opportunity to explore and investigate any number of critical contemporary concerns—from medical and environmental policy to culture clashes and matters of social justice. BU’s one-year Master’s in Science Journalism program is run by internationally known journalists, every one an active and highly regarded expert in the field. Our approach is “media neutral,” offering training in all forms of communication, including web production, television documentary, radio and print, from news writing to narrative nonfiction. Reporting, critical thinking and analysis are key, as is fluid, polished story telling.

Our graduates enter the profession with a strong grounding in journalistic and narrative technique, serving a growing public need for specialized information. They work for websites, magazines, television production companies, radio networks, scientific institutions and nonprofit agencies here and abroad, where they have earned a reputation for excellence.

As part of their classwork, our students write, produce and edit, the Science section of the Boston University News Service, an award-winning online news site.



For more information on the program, contact co-directors Ellen Ruppel Shell at or Douglas Starr at