Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Public Policy

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


  • Approximately 15 students are enrolled.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Not required

Salary Information

Co-op:     $11.00                     $10.00-$12.00
BS/MS:    $46,000

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.


Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges.

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:

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
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