This certificate is available through the College of Science and offered by the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS), a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences, in collaboration with the Departments of Communication (COMM) and Computational and Data Sciences (CSI).
This graduate certificate is designed for students and professionals wishing to advance their knowledge and careers in the emerging field of Data Journalism. Data-driven journalism is about obtaining, reporting on, curating and publishing (storytelling) data of broad interest. Maps and infographics are some of the most effective means to communicate complex content to the experts and the general public alike. Accordingly, this program is focusing on covering principles of journalism, methods and tools for information visualization, social media analysis and scientific data communication topics. This includes both theoretical principles and practical applications.
The certificate requires 15 credit hours (five courses). Students take 9 credits of required core courses, and then 6 credits from a list of electives. This certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.
In order to apply, prospective students should complete the George Mason University Graduate Application. Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason must meet the admission standards and application requirements for study as specified in the Graduate Admission Policies section of this catalog. In addition, applicants should hold a BA or BS in a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution.
Requirements for Graduate Certificates
Core Courses (9 credits)
- GGS 590 – Selected Topics in Geography Credits: 1-3 (when the subject is GeoSocial Analysis for 3 credits)
- COMM 642 – Science and the Public Credits: 3 or COMM 655 – Theory and Practice of Digital Communication Credits: 3
- GGS 692 – Web-based Geographic Information Systems Credits:3
Choose 2 courses from the list below or others in consultation with an advisor:
- CDS 501 – Scientific Information and Data Visualization Credits: 3
- STAT 554 – Applied Statistics I Credits: 3
- COMM 637 – Risk Communication Credits: 3
- COMM 640 – Controversies in Science Communication Credits: 3
- COMM 641 – Advanced Communication Skills for STEM Credits: 3
- COMM 644 – Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism Credits: 3
- COMM 660 – Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns Credits: 3
- CSI 672 – Statistical Inference Credits: 3 or STAT 652 – Statistical Inference Credits: 3
- COMM 735 – Crisis Communication Credits: 3
Graduate Non-Degree Program for Professional Development
The Certificate courses are also suitable for professionals and experts who do not plan to pursue a graduate degree or licensure but wish to meet the ever-changing educational needs of their careers. Individuals who wish to take one or more courses may be admitted to the Graduate College as a “non-degree seeking student.” Please visit the non-degree graduate program section of Admissions.
Please see the GMU Catalog Entry for the Certificate in Data Journalism for other program details (coming soon).
Academic Catalog for Previous Years
Please contact Dr. Dieter Pfoser (dpfoser [at] gmu.edu)