PhD Program in Science and Technology Studies

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The Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer invites applications for admissions into its PhD program. Founded in 1982, the STS Department at Rensselaer is one of the oldest and most highly recognized programs in this field. The Faculty is internationally recognized for research that emphasizes the cultural, historical, economic, political, and social dimensions of our scientific and technological society, with a strong emphasis on ethical engagement. Topically, their work spans a wide range including and not limited to sustainability, digital culture, disability studies, food security/justice, STEM education, critical design, human health, medicine, and energy and environmental policies.

Students who have completed, or are nearing completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree, as well as those who hold or are completing a Master’s degrees in relevant fields may apply directly to the Ph.D. program. Currently, the Department is not accepting students who wish to pursue a stand-alone Master’s degree, but students may earn a Master’s degree while working toward the Ph.D.

To be in the best position to be considered for admission and financial support, please plan on having your complete credentials submitted to Rensselaer Graduate Admissions by the January 1st, 2020 deadline.

How to Apply: For important information regarding the online application process, please visit RPI’s Office of Graduate Admissions website:

Financial Aid: All applicants who indicate a need for financial support on the application will be considered for full funding packages on a competitive basis. 

If you have further questions about the Ph.D. program, please feel free to contact the STS Graduate Program Director, Atsushi Akera, at


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