Science Communication, Postgraduate Certificate | Northern Arizona University | Flagstaff, United States
12 months
26994 USD/year
26994 USD/year
11004 USD/year
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Are you studying science? Are you interested in how science is disseminated in the media, in museums, in popular culture? Do you want to reach members of the public, policy-makers, grant reviewers? If so, the Science Communication program of the Northern Arizona University might be for you.


Students who complete the Science Communication program of the Northern Arizona University will develop the broad background and hand-on skills needed to work in this burgeoning field. Whether coupled with another graduate degree or not, the coursework will enable students to later work as science communicators in a corporation, government agency, NGO, or media organization.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand elements of communication theory relevant to science 
  • Gain an overview of diverse formats for nonspecialist science communication including journalism, blogging, and informal settings (e.g. museums)
  • Gain overview of the basics of storytelling/narrative
  • Appreciate media literacy/taxonomy of the modern media
  • Develop interviewing skills
  • Practice oral presentation skills
  • Be introduced to and practice concepts of data visualization, using the principles of human visual perception
  • Identify possible sources of bias or obstacles of clarity in visual tools
  • Critique and redesign statistical graphics based on graphic design principles
  • Understand the basics of quantitative reasoning and statistical tools
  • Practice using numbers to convey accurate messages about risk, scale, probability, and statistics
  • Develop an ethical framework for dealing with controversial topics
  • Understand audience differences and cultural sensitivity, e.g. in “translational” science and health communication
  • Develop considerations for engagement in the political sphere
  • Practice the basics of digital photography, video, and audiose editing software to complete a multimedia product
  • Be able to conceptualize, research, write and edit a range of professional-quality writing products
  • Conceptualize, research, and complete in-depth communication project

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Documentary Skills And Storytelling Practicum
  • Science Communication
  • Data Metaphors And Visualization
  • Ethics And Strategies In Science Communication
  • Writing Science
  • Quantitative Research Methods In Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


15 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs.
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
  • Transcripts.

Tuition Fee

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    26994 USD/year
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  • National

    26994 USD/year
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  • In-State

    11004 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 11004 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Flagstaff

1010 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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