Professional Science Masters in Scientific Writing

Meet the growing demand for individuals who can effectively communicate scientific information with the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Scientific Writing at Temple’s College of Science and Technology (CST). This 30-credit graduate degree program provides students with the knowledge and tools necessary to convey complex scientific arguments and concepts accurately and concisely to a range of audiences. The Scientific Writing PSM prepares students for careers in biotechnology, communications and public relations, journalism, patent law, pharmacy, public health, publishing, and STEM disciplines. 

Led by faculty scholars from CST and the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication, the Scientific Writing PSM features

  • interdisciplinary curriculum designed and taught by Temple faculty and industry experts,
  • hands-on training in professional and management skills, and
  • access to real-world independent research projects.

With opportunities to do your capstone project at Temple or with a local pharmaceutical/biotechnology company or nonprofit organization, the Scientific Writing PSM positions you for career advancement with real-world experience in this rapidly growing field.

Program Format & Curriculum

Classes for the Scientific Writing PSM are held in the evening on Temple’s Main Campus to accommodate working professionals. The advanced, career-focused curriculum requires 30 credit hours of coursework, including classes in other Temple colleges, and can be completed in two years.

Classes are a blend of research and seminar courses including

  • Communicating Science to a Broader Audience/Non-Scientists,
  • Ethics Regulation and Policy in Biotechnology,
  • Introduction to Grant Writing, and
  • Introduction to Scientific and Regulatory Writing.

Students must also successfully complete a final capstone project with a local biotechnology, healthcare or pharmaceutical company or under the guidance of a faculty member at Temple as a graduation requirement.

Learn more about the required courses for the Scientific Writing PSM.


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+1 Accelerated Degree Programs

Temple undergraduates can pursue dual degrees with an accelerated +1 dual bachelor’s + master’s degree option. The Scientific Writing PSM can be completed through the +1 accelerated pathway if the required qualifications are met by junior year.

  • +1 BA in Biology + Scientific Writing PSM
  • +1 BS in Biology  + Scientific Writing PSM
  • +1 BA in Natural Science  + Scientific Writing PSM
  • +1 BS in Natural Science  + Scientific Writing PSM

Learn more about +1 scientific writing accelerated degree programs. If you are a current Temple student interested in one of these +1 programs, please fill out this form.

Related Graduate Degrees

Related Graduate Certificates

*Lew Klein College of Media and Communication
**School of Pharmacy

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Professional Science Master's offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,301.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,696.00 per credit

You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


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