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. Students also will demonstrate exceptional writing and oral communication skills.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science

Enrollment

  • Approximately 15 students are enrolled.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Not required

Salary Information

Co-op:     $11.00                     $10.00-$12.00
*BS/MS:  $46,763                   $44,709-$49,997
*Statistics from the Nat’l Assn. of Colleges & Employers (NACE) for Spring 2017 graduates.

Student Skills & Capabilities

·         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.

 
Professional/Technical Skills
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, climate change policy, healthcare policy, STEM education policy, telecommunications policy, or energy policy.

Accreditation

Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges.

Nature of Work

Professionals in the field of Public Policy analyze and advocate for policy change in both private and public organizations. The nature of the work will vary by occupation. Government program managersoversee a number of projects and programs, managing performance and providing resources, and analyze program success. Policy analysts identify issues or policy areas to explore, collect and analyze information, then report their findings and propose new policies for addressing problems. Regulatory affairs specialists coordinate efforts associated with the preparation of regulatory documents or submissions.

Training / Qualifications

Becoming a policy analyst requires a college degree, which in many cases may be a graduate-level degree. Some entry-level analyst positions may require only a bachelor's degree, but professional advancement often requires a master's or doctoral degree. Although some policy analysts function as generalists, researching multiple issues, many public policy analysts specialize in particular policy areas, such as education policy, national security and foreign affairs. Many policy analysts who specialize in particular areas have related degrees or professional experience in that area.(Source: Chron.com)

Job Outlook

Job outlook can vary by occupation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that between 2012 and 2022 employment of professionals involved in policy analysis is expected to increase. Public policy analysts will find positions in many large public and private bodies. They are hired by policy and planning offices of government agencies, NGOs, corporations, universities, think tanks and consultancy firms. They can also find employment in media organizations like TV or print news. Regulatory affairs specialists work in various regulated industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, energy, banking, and more. (Sources: sociologydegreeprograms.org, wikipedia.org)

Job Titles

Policy Analyst, Program Evaluator, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Program Managers, Energy Efficiency Advisor, Research Assistant, Program Specialist.

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 https://www.rit.edu/careerservices.
 
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.