Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Science, Technology and Public Policy MS

Program Overview

The MS degree in science, technology, and public policy enables students to work at the intersection of engineering, science, technology, and public policy. The program builds on RIT’s strengths as a technological university, enabling students to interact with faculty and researchers who are working on scientific developments and technological innovations that drive new public policy considerations. The public policy masters is interdisciplinary and draws significantly from disciplines and courses throughout RIT. It is geared toward producing graduates who will make significant contributions in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

All students in the MS degree in science, technology, and public policy take a set of policy core courses that emphasize analysis, problem solving, and interdisciplinary approaches. Students work with an advisor to choose electives that focus their policy studies in a particular area, such as environmental policy, climate change policy, health care policy, STEM education policy, telecommunications policy, or energy policy. Typical students include those with science or engineering backgrounds seeking to broaden their career opportunities in government or business settings, as well as those with undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts (e.g., economics) who are interested in science, technology, and policy issues. Full-time students can typically finish the program in one to two years. The program prides itself on working one-on-one with students to ensure that their educational needs and academic goals are attained.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 6 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: N/A
  • Co-op availability: fall through summer

Salary Information

Co-op:       ID
MS:            $70,500             $65,000 - $91,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

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.

Job Titles

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

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Lifetime Health, NYS Assembly, NASA Langley Research Center, NYSERDA, RIT

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 Political Science program. You can access information about services through our web site at
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Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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