Master of Science, Life Sciences Communication

Master of Science, Life Sciences Communication

The Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a master's degree in life sciences communication, with thesis-based or professional course-based tracks. Our research, teaching, and outreach focus on both applied and theoretical communication. A degree in LSC prepares students for professional and academic careers related to communicating about health, the environment, agriculture, and the biological sciences in an era of rapid technological change and media convergence.

The thesis-based M.S. in life sciences communication and Ph.D. in mass communications graduate programs provide advanced professional training in communication and preparation for communication research and teaching. Students in the professional track M.S. program study for careers in a variety of fields, including consulting, policy, journalism, strategic communication, marketing and market research, particularly in science-related fields.


University of Wisconsin-Madison


Master of Science (M.S.)


Our faculty study a broad range of science communication issues critical to the future of our state, nation, and global community. Examples include combating invasive species to preserve environmental integrity, exploring how risk aversion influences public opinion of controversial science, and investigating how communication affects political behavior on climate and energy issues.


The M.S. in life sciences communication requires the completion of 30 credits, including the LSC colloquium and graduate level courses in communication theory, research methodology, and statistics. Additional courses are chosen in consultation with faculty advisors and can include classes in substantive areas other than communication. For example, a student wishing to become an environmental reporter might take courses in environmental studies. A student interested in health communication might take a nutrition or preventive medicine course.

Thesis-track students are required to complete a thesis based on original research. Professional track students complete a course narrative at the end of their program.

Time to complete

2 years full time

Start of studies

September or January


Requirements for admission

Students must meet the minimum requirements for admission set by the UW-Madison Graduate School. Applications require a statement of purpose, resume, recommendations, transcript, official GRE test scores, and official TOEFL or IELTS scores as needed. For more information, click here. .

Mode of admission

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Deadlines for application

October 15th for January admission

May 15th for September admission

Further Information

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