Graduate certificate

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With an STPP certificate, you will be prepared to participate in the politics and policy of science and technology and conduct policy analysis through thinktanks, industry, or academia. It will prepare you for a wide range of possible careers where you can influence science and technology policy. 

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Science, Technology, and Public Policy Graduate Certificate Program


Created in 2006, the STPP's graduate certificate program trains a diverse group of students to understand the complex and interconnected public policy issues around science and technology, and effectively use scientific and technical knowledge to inform public policy processes for societal benefit. 

We welcome master's or doctoral students from any field—including the natural and physical sciences, engineering, public policy, public health, law, information, and environmental studies. No background in science or in policy is required. 

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A diverse disciplinary experience

STPP students come from across the University of Michigan.
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Small community feel, big learning opportunity

Applications are open twice a year.
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Open to all graduate students

The STPP community includes master's and PhD candidates.

In 12 credit hours of course work (two core courses and two electives), students learn about the political and policy landscape for science and technology policy, tools to analyze science and technology policies, methods to develop and govern science, technology, and related policies to be more equitable and just, strategies to communicate technical ideas to a broad audience, and; the dynamics of specific science and technology areas, including biotechnology, information and communication technology, energy policy, and more.  

In addition to coursework, STPP students have access to specialized academic and career advising, networking opportunities with experts in the field, career development grants, and membership in the InSPIRE student group. 

Student experience

In and out of the classroom

Activities in and out of the classroom provide opportunities to meet people from across campus and work with people you normally wouldn't collaborate with on projects. Students bring backgrounds in natural sciences and engineering, business, law, dentistry, public health, public policy, and more. Attend lectures and career talks, gather informally, and build your professional network.
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