Advancing technology, an ever-changing planet, and our age-old fascination with the unknown have sustained the demand for science-related content written for the everyday reader.

Degree Type:
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
5 courses
Time to Complete:
9 – 24 months

Program Overview

From a flower’s delicate petal to a galaxy’s distant glow, science writing explores and explains how our world works. The best science writing inspires a deeper understanding, a sense of wonder, or a need to act. Our certificate program is designed to guide the next generation of writers and editors who will help us comprehend how increasingly complex issues of science, medicine, and technology affect our lives.

In this program you will:

  • Get a working knowledge of diverse skills—from journalism and communication to multimedia and the literary arts
  • Explore journalistic and creative writing and editing techniques to craft enticing, understandable prose for digital or print venues—from magazines and books to social media and websites for companies, associations, agencies, or others
  • Acquire communication skills to promote viewpoints or write for clients, and they develop multimedia expertise to thrive in the ever-changing digital universe
  • Learn to monitor science itself, to disclose how research can falter, mislead, or be misused

Because most of our students have jobs or other obligations, our convenient part-time format allows each to decide an individual, flexible pace of study.

What’s It Like to Study Science Writing at JHU?

Study With Prolific Writers

Our experienced instructors in the MA in Science Writing Program include practicing writers and editors who excel at teaching—authors, journal editors, reporters, magazine editors, freelance writers, publishers, artists, and scientists.

Science in Action: Real-World Experience

Excursions and field experience have led our students to a research island in Maine, control rooms at NASA, historic museums in Italy, and world-famous labs in Washington and Baltimore. They have observed in the operating room, sailed with biologists on the Chesapeake.

Coursework to Match Your Interests

Our program offers you the flexibility to align classes with your personal interests. To earn the five-course Graduate Certificate, you'll need to complete a core, workshop, elective, and two other courses of your choice.

Take the Next Step

Learn to blend reporting and research with the craft of creative writing, and launch a career in science writing or communication.

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Advanced Academic Programs Admissions

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $16,255 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs ($1,692) were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ N/A of debt.

Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Marshall Islands, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Marianas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, 6 Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

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