The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs offers two master’s degrees: a 2-year Master in Public Affairs (MPA) and a 1-year mid-career Master in Public Policy (MPP). Students pursuing either degree can earn a Master's certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP).
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Master's students pursuing the STEP certificate are required to complete four (4) approved courses on science policy-related topics. A list of pre-approved courses that fulfill the STEP requirements is posted on the Princeton SPIA website at the beginning of each academic year. Current pre-approved courses are also listed below.
Two half-term courses count as one course credit. Additionally, students may propose courses not on the pre-approved list to the STEP Certificate Director for consideration. Students must take at least two courses from the pre-approved list as part of the 4-course requirement.
Students pursuing the STEP certificate must also submit a policy paper to the STEP certificate director for approval. Generally students will use a paper from one of their certificate courses, and the paper must have received a grade of B+ or better. Students are urged to consult with STEP faculty in order to meet the standards of an approved science policy paper.
Students interested in obtaining the STEP certificate should complete the Certificate Declaration form online and reach out to the Certificate Director to discuss course selection.