Franz Foltz, Ph.D.
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Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.
The master of science degree in science, technology, and public policy enables students to work at the intersection of engineering, science, and public 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.
The program is interdisciplinary and draws significantly from disciplines and courses of study in the colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science, and is geared toward producing graduates who will make significant contributions in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.
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, 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.
The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and consists of five required core courses, three elective courses, and the completion of a thesis or comprehensive exam. The thesis option 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 colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Business, Engineering, and Science. Course selection is completed jointly with a faculty adviser and typically aims to develop a specialized area of interest for the student (e.g., biotechnology policy, environmental policy, energy policy, communications policy, etc.).
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|PUBL-701||Graduate Policy Analysis||3|
|STSO-710||Science and Technology Policy Seminar||3|
|PUBL-702||Graduate Decision Analysis||3|
|PUBL-703||Program Evaluation and Research Design||3|
|Choose one of the following:||6|
|Comprehensive Exam, Graduate Electives|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||30|
To be considered for admission to the MS program in science, technology and public policy, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
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