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Accelerated BA/BS + MS in Science, Technology & Society

Science, technology and society (STS) programs, also called science and technology studies (STS), are growing in the U.S. and worldwide. Such programs train students to systematically investigate the social dimensions of technology, medicine and science — creating a skillset that is highly valued in a wide range of settings such as health care organizations, government organizations, public policy realms, tech industries and more.

The Accelerated BA/BS + MS in Science, Technology and Society (STS) is for students who want to challenge themselves — students who appreciate the complexity of world issues and want to enrich and expand their coursework, research and future job opportunities by learning to integrate diverse academic perspectives. By combining graduate-level study with their undergraduate program, motivated students graduate with an MS and BA or BS in just five years. Students can complete the degree solely through coursework or combine coursework with a master's project or a master's thesis. (For more information on master's projects or master's theses, please consult the STS Graduate Student Handbook.) The flexibility offered by the STS curriculum, the opportunity to work closely alongside research-active faculty, and the training offered in multiple theoretical and research methodologies opens the door to a wide range of career opportunities.

A Diversity of Perspectives

The STS program at Drexel takes on some of our most important questions in contemporary science, technology and medicine with a multidisciplinary toolkit. Faculty in anthropology, criminal justice, history, information sciences, philosophy, political science, public health, public policy and sociology contribute to a curriculum that features a broad set of perspectives, all grounded in a foundation of critical thinking, strong research methods and clear writing and presentation skills. Students in the Accelerated BA/BS + MS in Science, Technology and Society have the opportunity to craft their own original research project with guidance from some of the most interesting and dynamic faculty scholars in their fields.  The STS Lab course is a unique feature of the curriculum--it prepares students to work as a team to address meaning ful science and technology related topics.  Working with a faculty adviser, graduate students develop an individualized plan of study that allows them to pursue their interests in depth.

The STS program emphasizes three interrelated areas of research: environment and sustainability, health and medicine, and information, identities and networks.

Learn about research in the Center for Science, Technology and Society

Examples of Recent Accelerated STS Student Thesis Topics

  • A Comparative Study of the Hurricane Disasters in 1965 and 2005 in New Orleans
  • Access to Healthy Food in Philadelphia Neighborhoods: How Corner Stores Impact Food Choices

Each student works closely with STS faculty to develop an individualized plan of study that advances their academic interests and career goals.

STS Students

STS students are independent, creative thinkers who are dedicated to understanding the social dimensions of science, medicine and technology. While Drexel’s STS students vary widely in their professional and educational backgrounds and career ambitions, they share a common commitment to a rigorous critical approach to our world’s most pressing technoscientific challenges.

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Requirements

STS applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at Drexel University. The application also requires a personal statement (up to 500 words) describing the prospective student's interest in STS. Entering students typically begin study during the Fall Quarter with a required introductory course. However, students are able to start the program during any quarter.

The Master of Science in Science, Technology and Society requires 45 credits. The degree can be pursued either full-time or part-time. Soon after matriculation, the student completes a plan of study with the graduate adviser to outline his or her specific program. Students can complete the degree solely through coursework or combine coursework with a master's project or a master's thesis.  For more information on master's projects or master's theses, please consult the STS Graduate Student Handbook.

STS Graduate Student Handbook [PDF]

Careers

The career opportunities for science, technology and society graduates are as diverse as the students. The STS program's emphasis on critical thinking, research methods and writing gives students the tools they need for careers as analysts in the private sector, nonprofit organizations or educational settings. STS graduates can also prepare for careers inside the major systems they study: health care and medicine, computing and information systems, urban infrastructure design and oversight, environmental regulation, advocacy, urban planning and risk management.

An STS degree can help engineers, scientists and medical professionals step into policy work by providing essential training in the social influences on and consequences of scientific and technical initiatives. For students from a social science, humanities and/or liberal arts background, an STS degree opens the door to professional advancement in technology or science-oriented organizations and settings. STS students also use the master's degree as a jumping-off point to further graduate studies in a range of fields including, but not limited to, science and technology studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, policy, law and medicine. You can read more about Drexel’s STS alumni online.

How the Accelerated Program Works

By enrolling in the Accelerated BA/BS + MS in Science, Technology and Society, students “accelerate” the completion of their undergraduate courses by skipping one to two co-op cycles and using their fourth and fifth years to take required graduate-level courses. The accelerated program saves students a year of time and tuition compared to that required to complete traditional undergraduate and master’s level programs.

Requirements For Admission

  • Accelerated degree program application
  • 5 year co-op student
  • Must have completed 90 credits, no more than 120
  • 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Plan of study

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Read more about the MS degree in STS