Rochester Institute of Technology

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Public Policy BS

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree in public policy and the Master of Science degree in science, technology, and public policy develop students who can effectively formulate public policies and analyze their impacts, particularly as related to science and technology issues. Students will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and skill set that allows them to integrate policy analysis techniques with technological, political, social, economic, and ethical considerations.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 15 students are enrolled.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Although co-op is optional, undergraduate students are encouraged to complete at least one co-op work assignment, ideally during the summer of their 2nd or 3rd year.

Salary Information

Co-op:   $14.13                   $13.50 - $16.00
BS/MS:  Insufficient Data

Student Skills & Capabilities

At the end of their third year all students are capable of conducting scientific and applied research, are polished writers and speakers, and have at their disposal a number of policy analysis tools, including cost/benefit analysis, decision analysis, and computer modeling techniques.  Students will be prepared to assist in the policy analysis endeavors of a company, non-profit, or government agency.  Students will have practice using analytical techniques to evaluate alternative policies based on an organization’s goals, analyze the potential for implementation of a set of policies in the political arena, or understand the impact of a policy on the mission of the organization. In particular, students will be able to apply these tools to contemporary science and technology related problems.  Finally, given the technological aspects of our program, students will be able to evaluate technologies and assess the economic, social, and regulatory aspects of their use.


Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges.

Training / Qualifications

Students take six courses in a particular science and technology policy area. We call these policy “tracks.” Many policy tracks are available. For example, the environmental policy track focuses on the challenges that business and government policy makers face in dealing with environmental issues. The information and communications policy track focuses on the challenges presented by emerging and quickly evolving information and communications technologies. The energy policy track looks at policies affecting new energy technologies. The biotechnology track explores regulatory responses to new biotechnologies. Other tracks are always being developed and students have an option to create a “tailored track” to meet particular student interests. Highlighting your track will be a senior project, in which you will work closely with an RIT faculty member on research related to your interests.

Job Titles

Policy Analyst, Program Evaluator, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Program Managers for government, non-profit or corporate employers

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Government agencies (policy analysis and program implementation at the local, state, federal level), private companies (policy analysis, regulatory affairs, marketing, government affairs, new product development, public affairs, policy advocates), non-profits (policy analysis, policy advocacy, program evaluation).

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Public Policy program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.