Department of Public Policy Resources

BS/MS in Public Policy

Any Public Policy undergraduate student may apply to the graduate program using the simplified Graduate Application found here.

Most students should be able to complete this degree in five years.  If you’re interested, please make an appointment with your faculty advisor or professional academic advisor.

Public Policy BS/MS Dual Degree Flowchart 2017

Accelerated MS for Science & Engineering Undergrads

These BS/MS options integrate scientific and technical knowhow with a public policy MS curriculum. The programs are supported by faculty in both the departments and on average take a total of five years to complete.  For engineers in 5-year programs, you add virtually no time for graduation.  (In order to graduate in the same 5 years that the BS would normally take, students will have one less co-op.  You will not go on co-op in spring of your fourth year.) 

The program is designed as an integrated dual degree program where qualified students begin taking MS courses in their fourth year. For most programs, students take a total of 150 credit hours, with 9 credits counting towards both the undergraduate and graduate programs. (Ultimately, 120 undergraduate and 30 graduate credit hours.)

A student will typically apply to the BS/MS degree program in their second year. Students are allowed to pursue the BS/MS option as long their GPA remains above a 3.0.

For more information, please contact Dr. Eric Hittinger at eshgpt@rit.edu or 585-475-5312.

Dual Degrees with Science

The Environmental Science program at RIT is where love of nature meets cutting-edge research to create a sustainable future for our planet. Future environmental leaders in industry, government, non-profit organizations and the media are drawn to this program for its unmatched strengths, including exciting field work, advanced technologies, multi-disciplinary problem solving curriculum, and outstanding faculty.

The addition of the MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy will add another dimension to the students’ possible future opening the door to working in policy related fields, where their scientific knowledge would provide them a great advantage.  They would also gain skills necessary for leadership roles in environmental science.

The BS program in Physics offers a broad curriculum which prepares students for employment in research, industry, or teaching after graduation, as well as for graduate study in physics and related areas. The structured core curriculum provides a broad and solid foundation in experimental, computational, and theoretical physics, with an emphasis on laboratory training and the development of analytical and problem-solving skills.

The addition of the MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy will add another dimension to the students’ possible future opening the door to working in policy related fields, where their scientific knowledge would provide them a great advantage.  They would also gain skills necessary for leadership roles.

Dual Degrees with Computing

The BS program in Computing Security is designed to produce graduates who will be experts in the identification of computer security vulnerabilities, the detection of computer security exploits, and the prevention or mitigation of the resulting attacks. Their coursework includes a complement of core courses which gives the students a firm foundation in the broad spectrum of computing including programming, scripting, databases, computing security, cryptography, security policy, networks, systems and network administration.

The addition of the MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy will add another dimension to the students’ possible future opening the door to working in policy related fields, where their technical knowledge would provide them a great advantage.  They would also gain skills necessary for leadership roles in engineering.

Dual Degrees with Engineering

Students graduating from the BS program in biomedical engineering will have a firm and practical grasp of engineering principles and underlying science associated with traditional biomedical engineering applications. The addition of the MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy will add another dimension to the students’ possible future opening the door to working in policy related fields, where their technical knowledge and leadership skills would provide them a great advantage. 

Sample course sequence

The BS program in Mechanical Engineering provides students with a broad academic base complemented by hands-on laboratory activities and cooperative education experience. Students devote their first two years to the study of mathematics, physics, chemistry, liberal arts, and engineering sciences, while the third and fourth years emphasize engineering science, design, and systems. The addition of the MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy will add another dimension to the students’ possible future opening the door to working in policy related fields, where their technical knowledge would provide them a great advantage.  They would also gain skills necessary for leadership roles in engineering.

Sample course sequence

Students earning a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering study aspects of both electrical engineering and computer science. They study areas in electrical engineering include circuits and electronics. In computer science, students take courses in data structures, and programming languages. They understand the fundamentals of both disciplines and how they are integrated with computer engineering specifically. The addition of the MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy will add another dimension to the students’ possible future opening the door to working in policy related fields, where their technical knowledge would provide them a great advantage.  They would also gain skills necessary for leadership roles in engineering.

Sample course sequence

Students graduating from the BS program in chemical engineering will have a firm and practical grasp of engineering principles and underlying science associated with traditional chemical engineering applications, and will also learn to tie together phenomena at the nano-scale with the behavior of systems at the macro-scale. While chemical engineers have always excelled at analyzing and designing processes with multiple length scales, modern chemical engineering applications require this knowledge to be extended to the nano-scale, and our program addresses this emerging need.

The addition of the MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy will add another dimension to the students’ possible future opening the door to working in policy related fields, where their technical knowledge would provide them a great advantage.  They would also gain skills necessary for leadership roles in engineering.

Sample course sequence

The Microelectronic Engineering core program at RIT offers a comprehensive curriculum with a blend of theoretical, laboratory and experiential learning.  The addition of the MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy will add another dimension to the students’ possible future opening the door to working in policy related fields, where their technical knowledge would provide them a great advantage.  They would also gain skills necessary for leadership roles in engineering.

Sample course sequence

Electrical engineering at RIT is a blend of the theoretical and experiential learning. The program has been carefully crafted to prepare electrical engineering students for immediate entry into the workplace, or to pursue advanced graduate study. The program prepares the student to become an engineer who can adapt to technological change and practice the profession with a social conscience. The addition of the MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy will add another dimension to the students’ possible future opening the door to working in policy related fields, where their technical knowledge would provide them a great advantage.  They would also gain skills necessary for leadership roles in engineering.

Sample course sequence

Students graduating from the BS program in Industrial and Systems Engineering learn to engineer processes and systems that improve quality and productivity. They work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy, and other commodities. Most important of all, IEs save companies money. The addition of the MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy will add another dimension to the students’ possible future opening the door to working in policy related fields, where their technical knowledge would provide them a great advantage.

Sample course sequence

Accelerated MS for Other Majors

Students who are getting a BS at RIT can apply to the MS program through our 4+1 program.   4+1 students are granted enrollment to the MS program in Science, Technology, and Public Policy with a shortened application form, provided they have a 3.0 GPA and they have been accepted by the Graduate Committee. If a 3.0 GPA is not achieved, a student may still apply to the program. If accepted, students will receive appropriate credit for courses taken that meet the graduate course requirements.

Students must also have taken a minor which includes either which includes either Policy Analysis or Decision Analysis.  (Students who graduate from RIT’s undergraduate programs in Economics, Criminal Justice or International & Global Studies are exempt from needing to complete the minor requirements to be part of the 4+1.)

Identification as a 4+1 student allows the student to take up 3 graduate level courses their senior year, in addition to their BS requirements. These graduate level classes will be used towards their MS. Once they complete their BS degree, they will be matriculated into the MS program with up to 9 credits toward their degree.