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Scientific Literacy and Integrity, Master of Arts

Overview

This program will begin fall 2020.

Through the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Scientific Literacy and Integrity at St. John’s University, you will train as a professional with the ability to analyze and articulate clearly what is while also developing the ethical and aesthetic values to imagine and help realize what might be. 

This 30-credit interdisciplinary master’s program provides students with undergraduate preparation in the natural and social sciences the opportunity to develop leadership skills and acquire communication, analytical, and reasoning skills to address the current challenges of scientific research. 

The program at St. John’s – featuring a multidisciplinary approach and access to research opportunities – fills a novel niche of market demand for technical writers, medical scientists, and health care coordinators who will play vital roles in scientific policy and publishing. 

Contact

Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
[email protected] 

Admission

The M.A. in Scientific Literacy and Integrity welcomes applicants with undergraduate preparation in the natural and social sciences. 

Applicants must present a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement indicating why Scientific Literacy and Integrity is their program of choice. No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. 

Graduate Admission Information
Office of Graduate Admission
718-990-1601
[email protected]

Courses

The M.A. in Scientific Literacy and Integrity requires 30 credits of graduate coursework selected in consultation with a faculty advisor and the completion of either a thesis or capstone project.

 Required 
BIO 249Communication Skills in the Life Sciences3 credits
BIO 299Scientific Literacy & Integrity3 credits
PAS 265Scientific Inquiry: Regulation and Ethical Challenges3 credits
SLI 100Bioethics3 credits
THE 524Theological Bioethics3 credits

 

 Electives (Choose Three of the Following) 
BIO 708Special Topics in Biology Research3 credits
ENG 130Theories of Literacy3 credits
HIS 705Seminar in Technology and Science3 credits
MKT 600Decisions in Marketing and Management3 credits
MKT 630Marketing of Services3 credits
MPH 310Health Disparities3 credits
PSY 810Advanced Seminar in Selected Topics3 credits
SLI 101Philosophy of Science3 credits
SLI 350Internship3 credits

 

 Thesis 
SLI 900Master's Thesis Research6 credits
SLI 105TMaster's Thesis Defense0 credits

 

 Required 
BIO 249Communication Skills in the Life Sciences3 credits
BIO 299Scientific Literacy & Integrity3 credits
PAS 265Scientific Inquiry: Regulation and Ethical Challenges3 credits
SLI 100Bioethics3 credits
THE 524Theological Bioethics3 credits 

 

 Electives (Choose Four of the Following) 
BIO 708Special Topics in Biology Research3 credits
ENG 130Theories of Literacy3 credits
HIS 705Seminar in Technology and Science3 credits
MKT 600Decisions in Marketing and Management3 credits
MKT 630Marketing of Services3 credits
MPH 310Health Disparities3 credits
PSY 810Advanced Seminar in Selected Topics3 credits
SLI 101Philosophy of Science3 credits
SLI 350Internship3 credits

 

 Capstone 
SLI 352Capstone Seminar6 credits

Tuition and Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

St. John’s University offers competitive graduate assistantships to qualified full-time applicants. These positions typically include tuition remission and a stipend. Read more about Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Financial Aid

Learn more about additional forms of financial aid available to St. John’s graduate students

Career Outcomes

The M.A. in Scientific Literacy and Integrity at St. John’s fills a need for scientists demonstrating competencies in communication, analysis, and reasoning. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes the employment of technical writers (including scientific writers) is projected to grow 8 percent through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. As a graduate with an M.A. in Scientific Literacy and Integrity, you will also be prepared to become a natural science manager, a field projected to grow by 6 percent through 2028.  You will also be qualified to serve as a medical and health services manager or clinical and health information coordinator, a field projected to grow by 18 percent through 2028. 

Your thesis research or capstone project will further distinguish you in the job market as a candidate with vision, keen understanding, and integrity.