Gainful Employment Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Education requires the following information for nondegree educational programs that "prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Program level:
Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate
Program length: One year

Q: How much will this program cost me?

A: Tuition and fees (California residents): $18,265*
Tuition and fees (nonresidents): $33,367*
Off-campus room and board, transportation, books, supplies (estimated for nine months): up to $22,500

* Figures are for 2017-18.

Q: What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?

A: The Science Communication Program offers an unrestricted fellowship or scholarship to each student in the amount of $5,000 to $15,000* at the time of admission. For details, see our Fellowships page.

Students may expect to earn $4,000 to $6,000* during the school year through paid part-time internships and sales of articles from coursework and freelance assignments.

Other financing is available through federal loans and private loans. The median amount of debt incurred by graduates of this program in 2015-16 is:
Federal loans: $20,500.
Private educational loans: $0.
Institutional financing plan: $0.

In 2015-16, 60% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for the program. For these students, the average indebtedness was $23,800.

* Fellowship/scholarship amounts and earnings from internships vary each year depending on fundraising and negotiations with the program's professional partners.

Q: How long will it take me to complete this program?

A: The program requires three academic quarters (fall, winter, and spring) of coursework and part-time internships at UC Santa Cruz, starting in mid-September and ending in early June. The final requirement is a full-time summer internship lasting at least ten weeks at a professional science writing outlet anywhere in the country. Of the ten students who completed this program in 2015-16, 100% finished in one year.

Q: What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?

The job placement rate in professional science writing for students who complete this program is 90%, averaged over many cohorts. See the online alumni list for a full set of graduates and career trajectories.

More information on jobs related to this program:

Reporters and Correspondents
Public Relations Specialists
Radio and Television Announcers
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary