The Science Communication Graduate Program has 2 streams:
Master's in Science Communication (12 months)
Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (9 months)
The Master's (MSCom) degree and Graduate Diploma (G.Dip) in Science Communication are the first and only programs of this kind in Canada. The program covers the theory underlying good communication as well as the practical challenges of effectively communicating science and the issues involving science in society. Courses include learning, design and rhetorical theory, the application of new social and traditional media, exhibit development, research methods and an eight week work placement.
The program is delivered in partnership with Science North, the local science centre, which provides students with experiential learning opportunities for research and application of science communication principles. Some courses are offered on the Laurentian campus, at Vale Living With Lakes; others are a short distance away at Science North.
The knowledge and skills gained in the program prepare students for a growing number of careers in science communication. Graduates can expect to find employment with government agencies, NGOs, science centres, museums, zoos and aquariums, and leading research centres such as Perimeter Institute and Triumf, and wherever communicating complex scientific ideas and information is needed.
Masters' students need to write a Major Research Paper to complete the program.