Rochester Institute of Technology

College of Liberal Arts

Science, Technology and Public Policy (MS)


One Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Emphasizes education in science and technology, interdisciplinary, and integration of qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, plus a solid grounding in liberal arts. Program graduates will make significant contributions in industry, at federal, state and local levels of government, and in the private, non-for-profit sector.

The MS degree in science, technology, and public policy emphasizes skills in quantitative and qualitative policy analysis as applied to contemporary science and technology based problems. The flexibility of the program allows students to select interdisciplinary specializations and learn to understand and analyze policy issues from multiple perspectives. As the world becomes increasingly systematically global, the need for policy analysts who are able to see beyond their specialization is now well recognized. Public policy graduates meet this need in such areas as environmental policy, information and communication policy, energy policy, biotechnology policy, and science and technology policy, among others. The curriculum takes advantage of RIT's exceptional science, technology, engineering, business, and liberal arts programs to develop an integrated, interdisciplinary course of study.

RIT's public policy program offers an innovative, interdisciplinary MS degree in science, technology, and public policy with an emphasis on engineering, science, and technology 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 driving new public policy considerations.

The program is interdisciplinary and draws significantly from disciplines and courses of study in RIT’s colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science. The program 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, healthcare 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 liberal arts undergraduate degrees (e.g., economics) 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.



International Student Requirements:

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: For graduate study, many of the 70 graduate programs offer assistantships. Additionally, more than 9,000 student jobs are available on campus each year.

# of Credits Required: 30

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates may work with RIT's Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility and funding options.

Locale: Large Suburb

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