Science Writing is a diverse field, ranging from journalism and creative writing, to communication and public relations, to books that reach the best-sellers lists. To meet these opportunities, the MA in Science Writing and the Graduate Certificate in Science Writing present students with a range of credentials, courses and other experiences that present skills needed for the changing workplace.
Some students aim to work as salaried writers or editors for websites, newspapers, magazines or other venues. Other students choose the freelance route, writing or editing for magazines, organizations, agencies, and other clients. Still others join the thousands of science writers who work for colleges and universities; local, state, or federal agencies; hospital and research centers; technology, pharmaceutical, biotech, and other private companies, and associations or non-profits.
The Advanced Academic Programs offers career advising to students and graduates in Science Writing and other programs through its Career Services office.
The diversity of career options for science writers starts first with topic: Our students and graduates focus on subjects or fields as wide as the world of science itself. From space and oceans, to health and technology, from the history of science to the future yet revealed, topics are ever-changing. The success of our alumni demonstrates this diversity:
Molly Caldwell Crosby
Brittany Moya del Pino
Students and graduates have published writing in Smithsonian, New York Times, Discover.com, Salon.com, Huffington Post, National Geographic, Atlantic.com, and Washington Post. Other graduates in Science Writing or the MA in Writing Program work or have worked at the National Red Cross, National Geographic magazine, AARP, The Nature Conservancy, the American Geophysical Society, and Smithsonian magazine.
The Science Writing Program regularly exchanges job notices among students and alumni. One of our required core courses for MA students is Contemporary Science Writing, which presents a range of forms and writing options that focus on the diversity of careers; the course recently covered review writing, museum writing, speechwriting, and grant writing. The final course in the MA program, Thesis and Careers in Science Writing, requires each student to develop a formal career plan to help them meet their writing and editing goals.
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