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With technological changes taking place rapidly in policy areas such as environment, energy, space, communications, education, and defense, today’s policy makers and analysts must be technically savvy and familiar with tools for social science analysis.

Students focus on these key areas, with the goal of becoming knowledgeable professionals who are qualified to take on the challenges that stem from the merging of technology and society.

As part of the program, students major in social science and complete the equivalent of a minor in a science or engineering discipline of their choice. As graduates, they join the administrative or research staffs of businesses, government departments and agencies, and more—or they go on to pursue graduate degrees.

Average Starting Salary

Average National Starting Salary (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015): $47,210 (Political Scientist)

Average National Starting Bachelor’s Degree Salary (reported by the NACE Salary Survey): $42,389 (Political Science)

Sample Job Titles

  • Legislator
  • Political Scientist

Sample Graduate Schools

  • MCPHS University

Sample Professional Associations and Clubs

Sample MQP Titles

  • Efficiency Information and Participation in Charity Fundraising Events
  • Internet campaign strategies in the 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial election
  • Solar energy for the City of Worcester

Visit WPI’s Electronic Projects Library for more MQP titles.

Popular Industries for Society, Technology, & Policy

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government/Politics
  • International Affairs
  • Law
  • Non-Profit

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