The Master of Science Program in Journalism

The Master of Science Program in Journalism at Stony Brook University focuses on coverage of health, science, the environment and technology. It offers a small student-centered program designed to serve a wide range of people, including those with journalism backgrounds and those with science or health backgrounds who are seeking other career options. Teachers with real-world experience, working in an up-to-date $1.3 million newsroom, help students build their skills in print, video, broadcast and multimedia. Proximity to New York City gives our students access to valuable internships and a wide range of visiting lectures.

The program, started in July, 2011, is a 40-credit program that can be completed by fulltime students in three semesters and one summer, although students may choose to take more time. In most cases, students will enter the program in the summer semester. As the only journalism masters degree program in the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook’s program charges less than comparable programs in private universities.Our students will learn to cover the issues shaping our future — issues like climate change, health care policy, stem cell research, food safety, clean energy sources, and computer security. We take advantage of the rich resources in science and health at Stony Brook and its affiliated institutions, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. But although we focus on coverage of science and related fields, the skills learned will serve our graduates well no matter what kind of journalism they pursue.

Links to more information on:

Journalism course descriptions
Sample science electives
Sample schedule
How to apply
Costs and financial aid


Richard Ricioppo
Interim Director, Graduate Program
631-632-1073 (x2-1073)