Scientific and technological advances are critical to international competitiveness, improvements in the quality of life around the world, and national growth. In today’s global economy, few fields of policy studies are more pivotal to the world of international affairs than that of science and technology policy. Most universities place their science and technology policy programs within schools of public policy or engineering. At the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, we offer a Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy that is one of the most prominent programs of its kind in the world. Our students receive more than just a classroom education in policy analysis, research methods, and issues in science and technology; they also learn about the global impacts of these policies and put them to practice in the Washington, DC, science and technology community.
Is this program for you?
Our students study everything from biotechnology and nanotechnology to information technology and the Internet, from security issues to international development, from energy and environmental concerns to space policy. Our program gives students the tools and training to understand the importance of science, technology, and innovation to pressing societal and economic issues and the skills to apply these policies in almost any setting. The program’s flexible curriculum combines required courses and electives selected to meet a student’s individual professional goals and intellectual interests. Classes meet in the evenings, accommodating the busy schedules of working professionals and allowing students to pursue daytime internships or employment in government, the private sector, non-profits, and international organizations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.