International Science and Technology Policy Master’s Program

ISTP’s 40-credit curriculum allows students to tailor their studies to suit their own career goals while at the same time
providing a strong background in science and technology policy and an analytical grounding in the field. The program requires students to complete:

Core Courses (10 Credits):

IAFF 6141 International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone

IAFF 6158 Science and Technology Policy Analysis- (only offered in the Fall semesters)

IAFF 6159 Capstone (4 Credits; a 2-semester course split between Fall and Spring)

Analytical Competency Courses (6 credits):

 

The analytical competency helps prepare students for the design and execution of professional policy analyses. A minimum of six credit hours is required, drawn from one or more courses from the themes below. Other courses may be deemed appropriate with the Director’s approval. You can find specific course listings for your chosen Analytical Competency in the GW Bulletin

Elective Courses (9 Credits):

A maximum of 3 skills courses will be allowed as elective course work.

Concentration Courses (15 Credits):

Currently, students are required to take 15 credits (usually 5 courses) in a concentration of their choosing. Though a strength of our program is the ability of students to tailor their concentrations to their interests, we have updated the possible concentration sequences. Please be aware each concentration are not limited to these courses below and subjected to the approval of the Program Director. Additionally, students can personalized a related concentration not listed below with the approval of the Program Director.

IAFF 6145 US Space Policy

 

IAFF 6158 Issues in Space Policy

IAFF 6148 Space and National Security

IAFF 6153 Science, Technology, and National Security

IAFF 6146 Space Law

IAFF 6158 Energy Policy

 

IAFF 6158 Renewable Energy in a Decarbonizing World

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

IAFF 6158 Energy Security

IAFF 6198 International Climate Change Policy

IBUS 6400, IAFF 6378: Industry, Economy, and Society

IBUS 4900 Global Energy

ESME 6290 Climate Change: Policy, Impacts and Response

ESME 6260 Energy Management

PUBH 6130 Sustainable Energy and the Environment

LAW 6460 Environment and Energy Policy Practicum

 

PSC 6348 US National Security Policy Making

 

IAFF 6118 US Foreign Policy and International Organizations

IAFF 6158 Cybersecurity

IAFF 6186 Cyber Threats, Policy and Strategy

IAFF 6153 Science, Technology, and National Security

IAFF 6186 Military Technology Assessment

IAFF 6186 Nuclear Security

IAFF 6175 Nuclear Weapons

IAFF 6118 Science of Nuclear Materials

 

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

 

IAFF 6186 Environmental Security

IAFF 6118 Managing the World’s Water

IAFF 6198 International Climate Change Policy

ESME 6200 Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management

ESME 6220 Environmental Management

ESME 6240 Environmental Hazard Management

ESME 6290 Climate Change: Policy, Impacts, and Response

ENRP 6140 Environmental Impact Statement Procedures and Environmental Law

GEOG 6219 Urban Climate

GEOG 6220 Climate Change

GEOG 6222 Resources and the Enviroment

GEOG 6230 Seminar in Environmental Issues in Development

LAW 6454 International Environmental Law

LAW 6460 Environment and Energy Policy Practicum

PUBH 6130 Sustainable Energy and the Environment

 

IAFF 6158 Energy Policy

 

IAFF 6175 Nuclear Weapons

IAFF 6118 Science of Nuclear Materials

IAFF 6118 Nuclear Security Policy

IAFF 6186 Nuclear Security

 

IAFF 6142 Technology Innovation and International Competitiveness

 

ECON 6255 Economics of Technological Change and Innovation

IAFF 6186 Military Technology Assessment

IBUS 4900 Emerging Technologies

IAFF 6198 Digital Trade and Global Covernance

IAFF 6198 International Entrepreneurship

International Education

Students in the ISTP program can take their studies beyond Washington, DC, through short-term or semester-long study abroad programs. The Elliott School’s international partner institutions in Maastricht, Tokyo, St. Petersburg,and Seoul offer courses taught in English that especially
complement the science and technology curriculum.

 

Career Development and Employment

The Elliott School offers career development programs for students from their first semester through graduation and beyond. The Graduate Student Services offers career coaching, workshops, information sessions, and site visits to federal and international agencies, contractors, think tanks, and the non-profit sector. Participation in ISTP on-campus extra-curricular events also offers excellent networking possibilities. ISTP program graduates are currently working for a range of employers that include government agencies, private industry, consulting for foundations, and NGOs.

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