Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy

General

Program Description

Scientific and technological advances lay the platform for international competitiveness, driving the bulk of national growth and improvements in the quality of life around the world. In today's global environment, innovation is essential for solving societal problems and staying ahead of the competition.

Developments in information technology, space exploration, and genetic modification, as well as advances in material science, are governed and shaped by institutions that set science and technology policy. This program equips its students to work at the forefront of policy affecting the science and technology arena.

What You'll Study

Our curriculum combines required and elective courses that provide professional training in innovation and economic growth, technology management, technology and development, space policy, and national security.

To earn your Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy you must successfully complete our 40 credit program which includes 9 credits of core courses, 15 credits in your chosen Concentration field, 6 credits of Analytical Competency courses, a 1 credit Skills course, and 9 credits of electives.

Concentration Field

Students will select a concentration field which allows them to focus on areas of particular interest, such as space policy, the environment, or technology management. In consultation with the program director, students may also design their own concentrations.

Analytical Competency

Students will take six credits of analytical competency courses designed to impart background and analytical tools used in policy evaluation. Students will choose courses among the following categories: policy analysis and public administration; economic theory and concepts; and research methods.

Prerequisite

Science

Students are encouraged to have strong analytical skills and a demonstrated interest in policy issues with significant science or technology dimensions.

Affiliated Institute

The Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP) is a world leader in international public policy research and education in science, technology, and innovation.

Where You'll Go

Our graduates continue to pursue a wide variety of exciting careers in diplomacy and public service, business, security, conflict resolution, development, and public health. For 2014 graduates, the top employers included:

  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • National Defense University
  • Stinger Ghaffaraian Technologies
  • U.S. Department of the Air Force

While you study with us and even once you leave, we'll provide you with resources and support to help you get the job you've always wanted post-graduation. From career counseling, workshops, site visits, and information sessions, The Graduate Student Career Development Center has a variety of tools and tips to get you to where you want to be.

Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

Elliott School graduates are consistently sought after for challenging global careers. What's more, our Washington, DC location allows us to form strong relationships with public, private, and non-pro ... Read More

Elliott School graduates are consistently sought after for challenging global careers. What's more, our Washington, DC location allows us to form strong relationships with public, private, and non-profit organizations that regularly employ Elliott School students and alumni. Read less