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:

• A six-credit core of two classes that provide a foundation in international science and technology policy, social theory, research methods, and essential writing skills;

• A six-credit analytical competency field to ensure that all students have the analytical skills necessary for the job market;
• A 15-credit concentration that allows students to focus on their own interests — such as space policy, energy and environmental policy, technology innovation, national security, or nuclear policy;

• A nine-credit elective field that allows students to expand their knowledge in areas that complement their core concentrations; and

• A four-credit capstone course in which small groups of students work together to produce a research product for a government, industry, or public interest group client.

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.


The program’s faculty members are internationally recognized authorities. Outstanding part-time professors are drawn from the Washington, DC, policy community, providing experienced perspectives on science and technology policymaking. Our core faculty includes:

Henry J. Farrell (Ph.D., Georgetown University)
Focus on cybersecurity, transatlantic relations, technology
and democracy, and globalization.

David Alan Grier (Ph.D., University of Washington)
Focus on innovation, information and communication
technology policy, history of science, scientific institutions,
and international trade.

Hugh Gusterson (Ph.D., Stanford University)
Focus on military science and technology policy, ethics and
science, organizational culture, the anthropology of science
and technology.

Henry R. Hertzfeld (Ph.D., Temple University; J.D.,
The George Washington University)
Focus on the law of outer space, international and
domestic space policy, innovation, and economic and
business activities associated with the exploration and
use of outer space.

Nina Kelsey (Ph.D., UC Berkeley)
Focus on the international and comparative political
economy of energy and environmental policy.

Allison Macfarlane (Ph.D., MIT)
Focus on U.S. and international nuclear energy and nuclear
waste policy, regulation, and nuclear weapons.
Scott Pace (Ph.D., RAND Graduate School)
Focus on civil, commercial, and national security space policy,
and the management of technical innovation.

Nicholas S. Vonortas (Ph.D., New York University)
Focus on the economics of technological change, industrial
organization, science and technology policymaking.

Career Development and Employment

The Elliott School offers career development programs for students from their first semester through graduation and beyond. The Graduate Student Career Development Center 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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