Our department offers an innovative, interdisciplinary master of science degree in science, technology and public policy, with an emphasis on engineering, science and technology policy. The program builds on RIT’s strengths as a technological university, enabling students to interact with faculty members and researchers who are working on scientific developments and technological innovations that drive new public policy considerations.
The program is located in the College of Liberal Arts but draws significantly from disciplines and courses of study located in the other colleges, especially the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, the College of Science, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the College of Applied Science and Technology. The program is geared toward graduates who will make significant contributions in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
All students take a set of policy core courses that emphasize analysis, problem solving and interdisciplinary approaches. Students work with an adviser to choose electives that focus their policy studies in a particular area, such as environmental policy, telecommunications policy or energy policy. Typical students include those with science or engineering backgrounds looking to broaden their career opportunities in government or business settings, as well as those with liberal arts undergraduate degrees (e.g., economics) interested in science, technology and policy issues. Full-time students can typically finish the program in one to two years. The program prides itself on working one-on-one with students to ensure that their educational needs and academic goals are attained.
Two options are available to students interested in the MS degree in science, technology and public policy.
Students may enter the program from the public policy or mechanical engineering BS programs and earn a combined BS/MS in five years. To be admitted into the graduate portion of the BS/MS track, a student must receive permission of the department and meet the following criteria:
Students seeking admission to the MS program from other RIT programs, or from outside the university, should meet the following requirements:
A minimum of 48 quarter credit hours is required for completion of the MS in science, technology and public policy.
The BS/MS student may obtain 12 quarter credit hours of graduate work in the fourth year of the BS curriculum. Thus, a BS/MS student would need to take only 36 hours in the fifth year.
Students transferring into the MS program from other BS degree programs at RIT or from outside the university may be required to complete an additional three-course policy analysis sequence (Graduate Policy Analysis I, II and III) or demonstrate that they have equivalent skills for completion of the degree.
The graduate curriculum has a required five-course core: Readings in Public Policy (0521-700), Advanced Theory and Methods in Policy Analysis (0521-701), Evaluation Research (0521-702), Public Administration and Management (0521-709) and Science, Technology and Policy (0508-740). In addition, students will choose five courses within their area of specialization.
Students also are required to successfully complete a master’s thesis. The thesis allows students to work with a faculty adviser on an independent research project in their area of interest.
Required core courses:
|0521-700||Seminar: Readings in Public Policy|
|0521-701||Seminar: Advanced Theory and Methods in Public Policy|
|0521-702||Seminar: Evaluation Research|
|0521-709||Public Administration and Management|
|0508-740||Science, Technology and Policy|
Students choose five elective courses based on their interests and career goals. Courses may be offered in various colleges throughout the university, including the E. Philip Saunders Colleges of Business, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, the College of Science and the College of Applied Science and Technology. Course selection is done jointly with a faculty adviser and typically is aimed at developing a specialized area of interest for the student (e.g., biotechnology policy, environmental policy, energy policy, communications policy). Example elective courses include:
|0521-708||Technological Innovation and Public Policy|
|0521-710||Information and Communications Policy|
|0521-706||Qualitative Policy Analysis|
|0521-749||Special Topics in Public Policy|
|0508-770||Graduate Environmental Studies Seminar|
|0508-790||Graduate Biodiversity and Society|
|0508-791||Graduate Sustainable Communities|
|0102-749||Introduction to Technology Management|
|0614-780||Telecommunication Policy and Issues|
|4002-873||Information Technology and Strategic Opportunity|
|0630-770||Environmental Risk Assessment, Management and Communications|
|0307-772||Applied Survey Design and Analysis|
|0102-745||Social and Political Environment of Business|
|0511-711||Microeconomics for Graduate Students|
|0511-766||Health Care Policy|
|0511-784||Natural Resource Economics|