Rochester Institute of Technology

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Science, Technology and Public Policy MS

Program Overview

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.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 25 students are enrolled.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional.

Salary Information

Co-op:  N/A
BS/MS:  $50,733.00               

Student Skills & Capabilities

·         Systems thinking

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.

Nature of Work

In general, policy analystsspecialize in researching social issues and finding solutions to problems, such as hunger, crime, discrimination, poverty, disease, violence, and unemployment. There are many different subfields in public policy, such as energy, healthcare, and government, which can cause variation in the nature of the work.  For instance, graduates of the program who have concentrated their studies on environmental policy may pursue a career as Environmental or Energy Policy Directors.

Professionals in this career develop energy and environmental policy agendas, as well asresearch, analyze and prepare detailed briefings, summaries, white papers, reports and recommendations on energy and environment issues, public policy, program development, and organizational strategy. Other graduates may go on to work towards a career in healthcare as Health Policy Analysts.

Job functions in this field include designing, implementing and communicating projects in the area of health policy, as well as performing secondary research and analysis of health policy issues.

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. They also reported in 2007 that
analysts who have less experience and hold master’s degrees are typically paid at a pay grade with starting salaries in the range of $33,979 to $44,176 as of 2014 ( More Experienced government social policy analysts with expertise in a special field were paid in the range of $99,628 to $129,517 annually, based on data from the U.S.

Office of Personnel Management ( Thus, those who have gained experience and knowledge of political systems, institutions and policies and have gained their graduate degrees might be in the best position to come out ahead. (Source:

Job Titles

Policy Analyst, Energy Efficiency Advisor, Research Assistant, Program Specialist.


The program is geared toward producing graduates who will make significant contributions in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Graduates have found employment in law firms, non-profit organizations, professional associations, and government agencies, such as FEMA and U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources.

Significant Points

  • Students 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.
  • Students choose three 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).

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 Science, Technology and Public Policy MS 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.