Graduate Certificate Program in
Science, Technology and Policy
|Introduction and Mission
Modern society is faced with a growing array of increasingly complex economic and technical problems whose solutions require the expertise that is the hallmark of graduates of the Institute. Moreover, governments must make difficult decisions regarding how to distribute increasingly limited resources while balancing the interests of a wide range of stakeholders.
Thus, the MIT Certificate Program in Science, Technology and Policy (STP) seeks to complement the outstanding academic experience MIT currently provides to its science and engineering PhD students with a rigorous introduction to the social and policy contexts in which their research is embedded. The required curriculum provides a coherent, rigorous introduction to the STP arena that can be reasonably integrated with the traditional PhD workload.
SPI Science Policy Bootcamp to
introduce policymaking in action as applied to
real-world issues in science and technology.
Bootcamp is a one-week, 3-credit IAP course taught by
MIT Washington Office Director Bill Bonvillian and
organized by the MIT Science Policy Initiative (SPI).
List of examples of potential venues for public presentation of the Capstone project:
PhD students in the Schools of Science and Engineering who have successfully passed their home program’s PhD qualifying exam are eligible to apply for the STP Certificate program.
How to apply
Please send the following materials to Barb DeLaBarre (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Benefits of the STP Certificate
The Certificate Program in Science, Technology and Policy is administered by the Technology and Policy Program, and overseen by an Institute-wide Faculty Board, which is jointly responsible for decisions about admissions, curricular content, and final approval of a student’s completion of the Certificate requirements. Current members are Professors Richard Lester (Nuclear Science and Engineering), Kenneth Oye (Political Science and Engineering Systems), Susan Solomon (Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences), Richard de Neufville (Engineering Systems and Civil and Environment Engineering), and Charles Stewart III (chair, Political Science).
For question regarding the STP Certificate program, please contact Barbara DeLaBarre.