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Earn a Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Public Policy at RIT

Are you interested in in applying your technical skills towards a career that has meaningful impacts on society?

Rochester Institute of Technology's Master of Science in Science, Technology and Public Policy is designed for students who have a strong affinity for science and technology, but also have interests in the social sciences, law, or policy fields. Our program effectively integrates policy analysis skills to help solve the complex, interdisciplinary problems that society faces. Drawing upon courses in science, engineering, business, public policy, and economics, our program trains students to address problems at the interface of technology and public policy.

The program can be completed in three semesters (18 months). The curriculum includes five core courses, three electives (for specialization), and a thesis.

Merit-based scholarships are available as well as opportunities to work with faculty on paid research assistantships.

The program is designed to meet students' interests and career goals, with opportunities to specialize in areas such as environmental policy, information and communications policy, energy policy, biotechnology policy, among others. Students will be exceptionally well-prepared for professional opportunities in the private sector, government, or the non-profit sector.

Core courses include:

  • Readings in Public Policy
  • Evaluation Research
  • Policy Analysis
  • Decision Analysis
  • Science, Technology and Policy
  • Three Electives for Specialization
  • Thesis

Conduct cutting-edge research at the forefront of important science and technology policy areas.

Here is a sample of recent job placements for our MS graduates:

  • Program Analyst, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Information Technology Risk and Audit Management Associate, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Energy Efficiency Analyst, Integral Analytics, Cincinnati, OH
  • Fulbright Visiting Scientist, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Senior Energy Policy Analyst, Information Technology Innovation Foundation (think tank in Washington DC)
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Transportation Policy at University of California - Davis
  • Foreign Affairs Officer and Energy Efficiency & Conservation Advisor, U. S. Department of State, Washington, DC
  • Project Manager, Magna Powertrain, Troy, MI
  • Spacecraft Vehicle Engineer, The Boeing Company, Washington, DC
  • Energy Sector Analyst, Dragon Capital, Ukraine
  • Program Manager, ENERGY STAR Appliance Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Staffer for U.S. Senator Richard Durbin

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