Graduate Certificate in International Science and Technology Policy

The graduate certificate in international science and technology policy allows students to understand the role of science and technology in policymaking and how governmental policies, laws, and regulations influence science and technology production from an international perspective. The program is designed for graduate students in related fields or professionals in government, industry, and nonprofits who wish to develop a background in science and technology policy. Students develop basic analytical skills as well as focus on a particular theme, including technology innovation, internet policy, space policy, energy policy, and environmental policy.

Specific admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Program Finder. 

Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: a minimum of 15 credits, including a 3-credit cornerstone course, 6 to 9 credits in courses taught by the faculty of the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP)1, 3 to 6 credits in analytical competency courses, and 0 to 3 credits in elective courses.

Cornerstone (3 credits)
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
Science and technology policy courses (6-9 credits):
At least two courses from the following*:
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6146Space Law
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Issues in Space Policy) 1
Analytical competency course (3-6 credits): 2
At least one course from the following*:
ECON 6301Applied Microeconomic Theory
ECON 6305Applied Macroeconomic Theory
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6003Economics for Public Decision Making
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
PPPA 6010Politics and The Policy Process
PPPA 6014Microeconomics for Public Policy II
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
Elective (0-3 credits)
*Students who take the minimum number of courses to fulfill the science and technology policy and analytical competency requirements must take a 3-credit elective course selected with Program Director approval to fulfill the 15-credit total credit requirement.

1 Topics offered under IAFF 6158 may vary by year. Consult the IISTP website for current listings.

Some analytical competency courses have prerequisites that do not count toward the certificate requirements.