Science and Technology Studies, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program builds on the diverse backgrounds and interests of internationally prominent faculty in a department known for its global reach, theoretical breadth, and ethical engagement, enabling research into questions and problems that extend beyond the boundaries of any single discipline.

Program Overview

Rensselaer’s Department of Science and Technology Studies offers a PhD in Science and Technology Studies. Our graduates produce new understandings of science and technology that can be translated into improved scientific and technological practices and policy outcomes.

Currently, the Department is not accepting external applicants who wish to pursue a stand-alone Master’s degree, but students may earn a Master’s degree while working toward a PhD.

The STS Department also offers a five-year co-terminal B.S./M.S. in Science and Technology Studies. Current Rensselaer undergraduates interested in this degree program should request further information from their faculty advisor and the STS Graduate Program Director. 

Program Outcomes

Our doctoral program in STS prepares students to conduct cutting-edge research based in three core practices:

  • Scholarly analysis of historical and contemporary cultures of research and innovation.
  • Critique of the public policies, social practices, and political-economic institutions that shape, and are shaped by, scientific discovery and technological design.
  • Direct participation in collaborative projects that bring about change in the domains of science, medicine, design, and engineering.


Our graduate students come from numerous academic backgrounds and bring with them unique perspectives on science, technology and society. Read about our current student's research interests and involvement here!


The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Russell Sage Laboratory (SAGE) 5304, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 276-6575

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