Master of Arts in the Field of International Science and Technology Policy

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 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.

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

Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 40 credits, including 6 credits in core field courses, a 4-credit capstone course sequence, 15 credits in a concentration, 6 credits in analytical competency courses, and 9 credits in elective courses.

See note regarding special topics and skills courses, the capstone, and LAW courses.*

Required
Core field courses (6 credits)
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Policy Analysis)
Capstone (4 credits)
Students are required to complete a two-semester capstone sequence that involves collaboration on a project of mutual interest and research in science and technology policy. The capstone sequence includes a 1-credit pre-capstone course that must be taken in the fall of the student’s second or third year and a 3-credit capstone course that must be taken in the spring of the student’s second or third year. Both courses in the capstone sequence must be taken consecutively.
IAFF 6157International Science and Technology Policy Capstone Workshop
IAFF 6159ISTP Capstone Project
Concentration (15 credits)
At least five courses in one concentration. Students may choose from the following concentrations or they may design a personalized concentration in consultation with the Program Director.
A. Space Policy
EHS 6227Introduction to Human Health in Space
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6146Space Law
IAFF 6148Space and National Security
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Issues in Space Policy)
B. Energy Policy
EMSE 6260Energy Management
EMSE 6290Climate Change: Policy, Impacts, and Response
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Energy Policy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Renewable Energy in a Decarbonizing World)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy Security)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (International Climate Change Policy)
IBUS 4900Special Topics (Global Energy)
IBUS 6400Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society
LAW 6460Environment and Energy Policy Practicum
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy and the Environment
C. National Security
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Science of Nuclear Materials)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (U.S. Foreign Policy and International Organizations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Weapons)
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cybersecurity)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Cyber Threats, Policy, and Strategy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Methods for Defense Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military Technology Assessment)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Nuclear Security)
PSC 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy (U.S. National Security Policy Making)
D. Environmental Policy
ENRP 6140Introduction to Environmental Law
EMSE 6200Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management
EMSE 6220Environmental Management
EMSE 6240Environmental Hazard Management
EMSE 6290Climate Change: Policy, Impacts, and Response
GEOG 6219Seminar: Climatology
GEOG 6220Seminar: Climatic Change
GEOG 6222Seminar: Resources and the Environment
GEOG 6230Seminar: Environmental Issues in Development
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Managing the World's Water)
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Environmental Security)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (International Climate Change Policy)
LAW 6454International Environmental Law
LAW 6460Environment and Energy Policy Practicum
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy and the Environment
E. Nuclear Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Security Policy)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Science of Nuclear Materials)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Weapons)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Energy Policy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Nuclear Security)
F. Technology Innovation Management and Policy
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military Technology Assessment)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Digital Trade and Global Governance)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (International Entrepreneurship)
IBUS 4900Special Topics (Emerging Technologies)
Analytical competency (6 credits)
Two courses in any combination from the following:
A. Economics courses
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
ECON 6280Survey of International Economics
ECON 6295Special Topics (Energy Economics)
ECON 6301Applied Microeconomic Theory
ECON 6305Applied Macroeconomic Theory
PPPA 6003Economics for Public Decision Making
PPPA 6007Microeconomics for Public Policy I
B. Quantitative analysis courses
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Advanced Quantitative Analysis)
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6005Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditure Analysis
PPPA 6015Benefit-Cost Analysis
PPPA 6020Decision Modeling for Public Policy
PPPA 6085Special Topics in Public Policy (Quantitative Modeling for Public Policy Analysis)
Other relevant courses not listed above may be substituted with the approval of the Program Director.
Electives (9 credits)
9 credits in elective courses. Elective courses may include graduate-level courses offered through other Elliott School programs, departments in other GW schools, or a combination of the two. Up to 3 credits may be taken as professional skills courses (IAFF 6502 or IAFF 6503).

*Specific subject matter covered in special/selected topics courses varies by semester. Consult the Schedule of Classes for each semester's offerings. Topics courses not listed here may be used to fulfill program requirements if approved by the Program Director. 

Additional information regarding skills courses and the capstone is available on the Elliott School website. 

Law School courses—Students may, with permission of their advisor, include courses in the Law School in their major field. Enrolling in a LAW course also requires permission of the Law School dean of students. Students should consult the Elliott School Office of Academic Advising and Student Services office before enrolling in LAW courses.