FAQs About the ISTP Academic Programs

  1. Is there a Space Policy Masters program at the Institute?

No, there is not. Your degree will say Master’s of International Science and Technology Policy. The degree program requires 15 credits of  a concentration. Many students do focus their concentration on Space Policy or other space-related matters. The Institute and the Master’s program maintains a close relationship with the Space Policy Institute.


2. Can I take electives in other programs?



3.  What is the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP)?

It is a research center at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs. The Institute’s Director is Dr. Allison Macfarlane who is also the current Program Director of the Master’s program. The research interests of the center include nuclear policy, energy, environment, technology and innovation, drones, economics.



4. Can I work full time while in the program?

Yes, you can. All of our classes start around 5pm.



5. Do many of the students work full-time?

Yes, many students work full-time at internships and full-time jobs while managing a 6-9 credit load each semester.



6. What do you look for in prospective students?

We take a holistic approach to a prospective student’s application. We look for students’ demonstrated interest in our program and clear career goals.



7. How long does it take students to graduate?

About two years.


8. I was accepted to the program. But I am from outside the D.C. area and have no job or internship currently. Will the program assist with helping finding opportunities?

Yes, the Institute receives job and internship opportunities from many organizations in the D.C. area. We do also recommend visiting Graduate Student Services at the Elliott School.



9. Are there scholarship or funding opportunities provided by the Institute?

There are some scholarships provided by the Space Policy Institute and the Elliott School.



10. Who can I contact if I have other questions?



11. What are some helpful links to learn more about applying?

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