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Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy M.S.

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Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
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Contact Information
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-3800; fax: 612-626-0002)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 36
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The MS in science, technology, and environmental policy (STEP) provides students with an understanding of the role of science and technology in society, including food and agriculture, the economy, energy and the environment, security, health, and education; the impact of science and technology on the political and economic relationships within and among nations; and the analysis and design of policies for appropriate promotion and regulation of science and technology regionally, nationally, and internationally. The program educates students with natural and social science backgrounds to assume roles in public policy development.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited US university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
While no specific experience or academic pathway is required, students with a strong liberal education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Past applicants needing to strengthen this part of their skill set have found courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics to be helpful preparation. Applicants applying to the MS-STEP program should have completed a degree or taken advanced level coursework in the natural or engineering sciences prior to the date of their planned enrollment.
Special Application Requirements:
A complete application will include a University of Minnesota application, personal statement, resume or C.V., transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if applicable), at least three letters of recommendation, and an optional diversity statement.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 26 major credits, 0 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan C: Plan C requires 36 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Elective credits are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor. Students who have not taken prior coursework in statistics must demonstrate to their advisors that they have adequate preparation in statistics or must take Empirical Analysis I (PA 5031). PA 5031 does not count toward fulfilling the 36-credit minimum requirement.
Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Overview
PA 5711 - Science, Technology & Environmental Policy (3.0 cr)
PA 5715 - Survey of Current Issues in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (1.5 cr)
Take one of the following:
PA 5712 - Science to Action: All Paths (1.5 cr)
or PA 5742 - Interdisciplinary Environmental Study: Practice and Design (1.5 cr)
Sustainability Systems Science
PA 5741 - Risk, Resilience and Decision Making (1.5 cr)
Take one of the following:
PA 5752 - Material-Energy Flows for a Sustainable Society (3.0 cr)
or APEC 5721 - Economics of Science and Technology Policy (3.0 cr)
or PA 5722 - Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy (3.0 cr)
or APEC 5651 - Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy (3.0 cr)
Social and Policy Processes
PA 5002 - Introduction to Policy Analysis (1.5 cr)
PA 5012 - The Politics of Public Affairs (3.0 cr)
PA 5021 - Economics For Policy Analysis and Planning I (3.0 cr)
Foundational Methods
Take one of the following:
PA 5032 - Regression Analysis (2.0 cr)
or PA 5044 - Regression Analysis, Accelerated (2.0 cr)
Take one of the following:
PA 5033 - Multivariate Techniques (2.0 cr)
or PA 5041 - Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts (4.0 cr)
Focus Area - Take one of the following:
PA 5721 - Energy and Environmental Policy (3.0 cr)
or PA 5723 - Water Policy (3.0 cr)
or PA 5724 - Climate Change Policy (3.0 cr)
or PA 5731 - Emerging Technologies and Society (3.0 cr)
or PA 5751 - Urban Infrastructure Systems for Sustainable and Healthy Cities (3.0 cr)
Electives
Electives to bring total credits to at least 36, in consultation with the advisor.
Plan Options
Plan A Requirements
Take 10 master's thesis credits.
PA 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
-OR-
Plan C Requirements - Take one of the following:
PA 8081 - Capstone Workshop (3.0 cr)
or PA 8082 - Working Group (3.0 cr)
or PA 8921 - Master's: Professional Paper (Individual Option) (1.0-3.0 cr)
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
MS-STEP/JD (Joint Degree Program in Law, Health, and the Life Sciences) Students may take a total of 24 credits in common among the academic programs.
 
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PA 5711 - Science, Technology & Environmental Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Interplay of science, technology, the environment, and society. Approaches from across the social sciences will cover how science and technology can create new environmental pressures as well as policy challenges in a range of spheres from climate change to systems of intellectual property and international development.
PA 5715 - Survey of Current Issues in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Current topics in science, technology, and environmental policy. prereq: Grad or instr consent
PA 5712 - Science to Action: All Paths
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Understanding best practices for translating science to action for the common good, integrating action across multiple sectors: i.e., coordinating action by communities, government, for-profit, non-profit/NGO and academia. Case studies and theories are discussed to address societal grand challenge topic.
PA 5742 - Interdisciplinary Environmental Study: Practice and Design
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Practice & design of interdisciplinary study to support environmental policy-making. Research design (models, experiments, quasi-experiments, case studies & meta-analysis) from a range of disciplines. Their integration in an overarching framework to address pressing STEP issues (e.g., climate change, food security, energy, future cities).
PA 5741 - Risk, Resilience and Decision Making
Credits: 1.5 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interplay between risk analysis, decision making, and policy in the context of new and emerging technologies, environmental and human well-being, risk and resilience. Assessment methods; risk management processes, issues and methods; role/treatment of uncertainty; factors in decision making; risk-based rule making; public values; risk communication and perception. Scientific, technical, social, political, and ethical issues. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5752 - Material-Energy Flows for a Sustainable Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Material and energy flows in the context of: a) Economic and human development; b) Resource scarcity, renewability and recyclability; and c) As a source of environmental pollution. Inter-disciplinary approach, integrating core topics from environmental economics, industrial ecology, and human health risk assessment, in the context of public policy.
APEC 5721 - Economics of Science and Technology Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Economics of innovation, technical change, and research and development. Productivity measurement. Knowledge stocks, research lags and spillovers. Econometric/welfare surplus methods for evaluating economic consequences of research and development. Economics of intellectual property rights. prereq: 3001 or ECON 3101 or instr consent
PA 5722 - Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01860 - ApEc 5651/PA 5722
Typically offered: Every Spring
Public policy associated with natural resource use and environmental protection. Develops/applies economic concepts/methodologies/policy mechanisms. Principles of environmental/resource economics. Issues related to renewable/nonrenewable resources and environmental pollution. Focuses on scientific/political aspects of policy. prereq: [Intermediate microeconomics, intermediate policy analysis, grad student] or instr consent
APEC 5651 - Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01860 - ApEc 5651/PA 5722
Typically offered: Every Spring
Economic analyses, including project evaluation of current natural resource/environmental issues. Intertemporal use of natural resources, natural resource scarcity/adequacy, environmental quality, and mechanisms for pollution control and their implications for public policy. prereq: [[3001 or ECON 3101], [3611 or ECON 3611 or ESPM 3261]] or instr consent
PA 5002 - Introduction to Policy Analysis
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Process of public policy analysis from problem structuring to communication of findings. Commonly used analytical methods. Alternative models of analytical problem resolution.
PA 5012 - The Politics of Public Affairs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Stages of policy making from agenda setting to implementation. Role and behavior of political institutions, citizens, social movements, and interest groups. Concepts of political philosophy. Theories of state. Team taught, interdisciplinary course. Small discussion sections.
PA 5021 - Economics For Policy Analysis and Planning I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to tools useful for public policy. Intermediate microeconomics, macroeconomics, and concepts of international trade. prereq: [Econ 1101 or equiv] or instr consent
PA 5032 - Regression Analysis
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Bivariate/multivariate models of regression analysis, assumptions behind them. Problems using these models when such assumptions are not met. prereq: [5031 or equiv] or instr consent
PA 5044 - Regression Analysis, Accelerated
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Bivariate/multivariate models used in regression analysis, including assumptions behind them/problems that arise when assumptions are not met. Course covers similar topics as PA 5032 but uses more mathematical notation/delves deeper into theory/application of methods. prereq: [5031 or equiv} or instr consent
PA 5033 - Multivariate Techniques
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Use of bivariate and multivariate statistical approaches for analyzing and evaluating public affairs issues and the assumptions behind the analytical approaches. Designed to help students read, understand, interpret, use, and evaluate empirical work used in social sciences by policy analysts and policy makers. prereq: [5032 or 5044 or equiv] or instr consent. May fulfill stats requirements in other programs.
PA 5041 - Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Qualitative analysis techniques, examples of application. Meet with researcher. Hands-on experience in designing, gathering, analyzing data.
PA 5721 - Energy and Environmental Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Impact of energy production/consumption choices on environmental quality, sustainable development, and other economic/social goals. Emphasizes public policy choices for energy/environment, linkages between them. prereq: Grad or instr consent
PA 5723 - Water Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01827
Typically offered: Every Spring
Sociocultural, legal, economic, and environmental forces affecting supply/use of water by individuals, sectors, and governance institutions. Historical trends; water laws in United States and internationally. Institutional structures for managing water at federal, state, and local levels. Current water-related issues/policies. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5724 - Climate Change Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Existing and proposed approaches to mitigate and adapt to climate change through policies that cross scales of governance (from local to global) and impact a wide range of sectors. Exploration of climate change policy from a variety of disciplinary approaches and perspectives, emphasizing economic logic, ethical principles, and institutional feasibility. How policy can be shaped in the face of a variety of competing interests to achieve commonly desired outcomes. Students develop a deep knowledge of climate change in particular countries through a team final project. prereq: Intro microecon (such as Econ 1101 or equiv)
PA 5731 - Emerging Technologies and Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Legal, public policy, social, economic, and ethical implications of emerging technologies (such as nanotechnology). Perspective of stakeholders (federal agencies, public, industry, environment, international organizations) and public policies. Statutory objectives/regulatory. Diversity of policy problems. Research methodologies. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5751 - Urban Infrastructure Systems for Sustainable and Healthy Cities
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Study social actors, engineered infrastructures/natural systems as they, together, shape health/sustainability outcomes for cities. Understand role of infrastructure design, planning, policy in sustainable cities. Learn sustainability systems concepts, local-to-global linkages, inter-disciplinary, inter-cultural skills. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]
PA 8081 - Capstone Workshop
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Project for external client on issue agreed upon by student, client, and instructor. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives from core courses. Written report with analysis and policy recommendations. Oral presentation. Topics vary by term. prereq: completion of core courses or instr consent
PA 8082 - Working Group
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates completion of research paper on current issue in public policy and management. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives studied in core courses. Written report includes analysis of issue, policy recommendations. Concentration/topic vary term-to-term. prereq: completion of core courses, or instr consent
PA 8921 - Master's: Professional Paper (Individual Option)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students work under guidance of paper adviser and committee members to complete their Professional Paper (individual option). prereq: instr consent