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The Master of Arts in Science Writing is a flexible, part-time program of online classes and face-to-face residencies, infused with the prestige, quality, and value of Johns Hopkins University.
Science writing explores and explains how our world works, and the best science writing inspires a deeper understanding, a sense of wonder or a need to act. The Science Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University strives to guide the next generation of writers and editors who will help readers learn how increasingly complex science, medicine, and technology affect our lives.
Students choose from a nine-course Master of Arts or a five-course graduate certificate. Others may seek only a course or two of interest. Brief residency courses provide face-to-face study to complement the group interaction of our engaging online classrooms. The program’s flexible part-time format allows degree completion in 18 months to five years.
The innovative Hopkins degree is based on the belief that today’s successful science writers require a working knowledge of diverse skills, from journalism and communication to multimedia and the literary arts. Students focus first on 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. Along the way, students acquire communication skills to promote viewpoints or write for clients, and they develop multimedia expertise to thrive in the ever-changing digital universe. All Hopkins writers and editors also are challenged to monitor science itself, to disclose how research can falter, mislead, or be misused.
Through the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP), the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences offers flexible graduate degrees and certificate programs that respond to the unique educational requirements of working adults seeking to pursue their professional and personal development through academic exploration.
Onsite courses are offered in the evening and on Saturdays to fit your busy schedule. Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms.
AAP offers classes across four sites: Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C., Center near Dupont Circle; Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, MD; and online.
All programs are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.