Master of Arts in Science Writing

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Acquire and Share a Deeper Understanding of Our World

Join alumni who are telling the stories of science, technology, and medicine for renowned outlets, including National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, Esquire, The Washington Post, and more. Acquire the skills to research and craft effective science content with the online Master of Arts in Science Writing degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs division. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Tell stories regarding the scientific discovery process for a broader audience.
  • Present complicated scientific and medical information clearly and accurately.
  • Perfect your craft at the intersection of journalism and creative writing, a sought-after skill across industries.

Earning this degree is a great way to advance as a writer and editor of science-related content in an array of fields, including education, research, health care, business, technical writing, communications, or technology. In addition to its flexible format, this program offers a dynamic curriculum. Select from numerous workshops and electives to specialize in the subjects that align with your writing ambitions.

This online program includes a 10-day summer residency, allowing you to connect with other writers and hone crucial skills in person. Build experience by visiting an inspiring location and write about the science behind our world—or look beyond it to document humanity’s exploration of the universe.

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Professional Opportunities

The Master of Arts in Science Writing gives you specialized subject knowledge along with the writing and communication skills necessary for success in research-based roles, medicine or pharmaceutical writing, technology, entertainment, journalism, business, publishing, and more. Develop an impressive portfolio to access new opportunities as a professional writer, a field with a median salary of $73,150 in 2022.1

Chart Your Course

Prepare to join the next generation of science writers through nine courses led by practicing writers and editors. Their guidance will help you learn emerging writing techniques through the prism of relevant science topics.

The program includes two core courses: Techniques of Science-Medical Writing and Contemporary Science-Medical Writing: Creative and Professional Forms.

Receive expert guidance to improve as a writer and participate in collaborative peer reviews. You will select two workshop courses that span topics such as science in medicine, tech stories, science narratives, personal essays, and more.

Select two electives that fit your career ambitions. They delve into an array of science writing topics, including nature, climate change, technology, and advanced reporting.

Join faculty and peers in an inspiring setting for an immersive writing experience. The location and course topics change each year. Examples of topics include science policy, medicine in action, writing in the field, and marine science.

Customize your education to include an internship, independent study, or an additional workshop, elective, or residency. With special permission, you may take a course from another AAP program, such as the Environmental Sciences and Policy, Communication, Biotechnology, or Government programs.

Refine work from your prior courses and build a professional-caliber portfolio.

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  1. “Writers and Authors.” 6 September 2023. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved 10 October 2023.