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

Scientific and technological advances provide the basis of international competitiveness and account for the bulk of national growth and the improvement of the quality of life around the world. The ability to create, adapt, and adopt new technologies defines modern societies. In today's global environment, the need for innovation is essential for solving societal problems and staying ahead of competition. Institutions that set science and technology policy govern and shape developments in information technology, space exploration, and genetic modification, as well as advances in material science.

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Prerequisite: a bachelor’s degree in a social, life, or physical science, or in engineering

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

Core Field (9 credits):
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
IAFF 6159ISTP Capstone Project
IAFF 6516Independent Study and Research
Concentration Field (15 credits):
At least two of the following:
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6146Space Law
IAFF 6148Space and National Security
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
Remaining courses selected from existing Elliott School concentration fields or designed by the student with approval of the program director
Analytical competency requirement (6 credits):
One or more course from sections A, B, or C
Section A. Policy Analysis and Public Administration
PPPA 6053Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
Section B. Economic Theory and Concepts
ECON 6217Survey of Economics I
ECON 6218Survey of Economics II
Other relevant courses offered by the Economics Department (e.g. microeconomics, industrial organization, environmental economics, regional economics)
Section C. Research Methods
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
STAT 1111Business and Economic Statistics I
STAT 2112Business and Economic Statistics II
STAT 2118Regression Analysis
STAT 2183Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages
PPPA 6013Econometrics for Policy Research I
PPPA 6014Microeconomics for Public Policy II
In instances where proficiency in a foreign language can be shown to be integral to a student's program of study, it may be used to meet the analytical competency requirement. Students must petition for approval from the Program Director. Courses taken to demonstrate language proficiency may not be included in the 40 credits required for the degree.
Skills course (1 credit):
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I
IAFF 6503Professional Skills II
Eelective field (9 credits):
9 credits selected to complement the background and interests of the individual student
Courses composing the elective field may be offered through a different Elliott School program, a department in another college within the University, or a combination of the two.
Up to 3 credits may be taken as skills courses (IAFF 6502 and IAFF 6503)

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