Curriculum and Opportunities
The Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (MS–STEP) at the Humphrey School is one of the few programs in the nation that prepares individuals with backgrounds in natural sciences, physical sciences, or engineering to become leaders and innovators who integrate science with policy and action to solve grand challenges.

The MS–STEP program combines a rigorous curriculum with opportunities available in many departments, centers, and schools at the University of Minnesota. MS–STEP students can also engage with scholarly research by working with STEP faculty members as graduate research assistants and participating in workshops and conferences. MS-STEP students attend the bi-weekly STEP Seminar Series, which provides an informal setting for feedback, discussion, and engagement with scholars and practitioners in STEP fields inside and outside the University.

Research Areas
Energy and Climate Policy
Risk and Resilience Assessment and Management
Sustainable Infrastructure and Cities
Technology Innovation and Policy
Water, Energy, and Food Systems
Conservation and Land Use
Read more about STEP research areas.

Positions Our Graduates Hold
Environmental Impact Manager, National Renewable Energy Lab—U.S. Department of Energy
Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison, Fish and Wildlife Service
Pollution Prevention Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Water Policy Planner, Minnesota Environmental Quality Board
Sustainability Program Coordinator, City of Minneapolis
Program and Policy Manager, Center for Energy and the Environment
Research Consultant, International Water Management Institute
Managing Director, Eco Lanka Consultants
Manager of Conservation and Renewable Energy Policy, CenterPoint Energy
Regulatory Affairs Associate, 3M
Environmental Specialist, Barr Engineering


Risk and Resilience Assessment and Management
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