Prepared to serve
In their roles as the heads of research labs, scientists and engineers constantly feel the impact of science and technology policies and are often called upon to serve as expert witnesses for congressional hearings or to sit on government advisory committees.
The STPP certificate prepares graduate students to play such roles in the future. They learn about the policy process related to the conduct and management of research and development, the distinguishing economic characteristics and consequences of science and technology, the political issues that come into play when science moves out of the laboratory and into the policy domain, and the broad policy frameworks within which science and technology activities occur.
Careers in science and technology policy
There are many options available to students with an interest in science and technology policy. Some of our graduates choose to work for U.S. or foreign government agencies (e.g., U.S. Congress, European Parliament, U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Indian Council for Medical Research). Others choose to work for non-governmental organizations including professional societies, medical charities, or civil society advocacy groups.
Most high-tech companies also have government affairs offices that are likely to be interested in students with STPP backgrounds. Finally, some students might choose to pursue careers in science and technology policy research in think tanks (e.g., Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Mathematica Policy Research) or academia. See Related Academic Programs for more organizations that might employ STPP graduates.
The STPP certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework, including two core courses and two electives of the student's choice. These courses can be taken in any order.
Required STPP core courses
|PubPol 650||Introduction to Science and Technology Policy Analysis (winter term)|
|PubPol 510||The Politics of Public Policy (fall term)|
Students can choose two electives from among a variety of courses offered across the university and listed here.
STPP seminar series
Students are also expected to attend the STPP seminars.
Double count credits
In some cases, students may want to "double count" courses that they are already taking as part of their graduate coursework requirements. According to the Rackham graduate program requirements, six of the twelve credits required for the certificate can be double-counted with other requirements. Please note: the rules for double counting are slightly different for students enrolled in master's programs.
Completion of program
Once all requirements have been fulfilled, all certificate students must apply to graduate through Wolverine Access. If a certificate student is in a master's degree program or has received an embedded master's along the way to a PhD, the student must also complete a dual/joint degree course election form available on Rackham’s website. This form is used to verify that the double-counting rules have been followed. Questions about program completion can be directed to Student Services at 734-764-0453 or email@example.com.