Technology has become a major driver, perhaps the most important driver, of social, political and economic change. It follows then that scientists and engineers will increasingly shape the direction of those changes, and it is important that scientists understand how their future actions directly and indirectly affect all of our lives.
Just as scientists have an important role in shaping public policy, scientific activities, careers, and the profession itself are greatly influenced by public policy choices. Moreover, policies affecting how we as a society live and work—such as environmental policy, industrial policy, energy policy, and national security policy, to name a few—demand that scientists be prepared to integrate policy questions into their research.
Yet the vast majority of scientists have little knowledge of public policy, and most policymakers have little firsthand knowledge about the many technologically-steeped decisions they make.
The Physics BS + Science, Technology, and Public Policy MS program is an integrated dual degree program where qualified students begin taking MS courses in their fourth year (or earlier). A total of 151 credit hours are required. Students should typically apply to the BS/MS degree program in their second year or later.