International Science and Technology Policy Master of Arts

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 the 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. The Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy (ISTP) program equips its students to work at the forefront of policy affecting the science and technology arena.



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What You'll Study 

Our M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy curriculum combines required and elective courses that provide professional training in innovation and economic growth, technology management, technology and development, space policy, and national security.


Program of Study




Concentration Field

Students will select a concentration field which allows them to focus on areas of particular interest, such as space policy, the environment, or technology management. In consultation with the program director, students may also design their own concentrations.


Analytical Competency

Students will take six credits of analytical competency courses designed to impart background and analytical tools used in policy evaluation. Students will choose courses among the following categories: policy analysis and public administration; economic theory and concepts; and research methods.



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How to Apply 


When you're ready to apply to the program, you will need to follow the graduate admissions process, including completing and submitting the online application with all of the required materials 


There are also certain prerequisites that applicants must meet to be able to apply to the program. 



Students are encouraged to have strong analytical skills and a demonstrated interest in policy issues with significant science or technology dimensions. 


Affiliated Research Institutes

photo: text, The George Washington University, The Elliott School of International Affairs, Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, Space Policy Institute, a photo of the Institute's door



Where You'll Go 

graphic: ISTP sector breakdown pie chart, 23% US government, 7% Nonprofit/trade associations, 8% non-profit other, 23% Private Aerospace/Tech/Telecom, 15% Private consulting, 8% private media/public relations, 8% private other, 8% Public Multilateral Organizations



Our International Science and Technology Policy graduates continue to pursue a wide variety of exciting careers in diplomacy and public service, business, security, conflict resolution, development and public health. The 2019-2020 Elliott School Graduate Employment Survey Report shows that recent ISTP graduates continue to excel with 100% employment! For recent graduates, employers included: 

  • Virgin Orbit
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • NASA
  • Science Application International Corporation
  • Astroscale
  • US Department of Health and Human Services
  • US National Space Council

While you study with us and even once you leave, we'll provide you with resources and support to help you get the job you've always wanted post-graduation. From career counseling, workshops, site visits and information sessions, The Graduate Student Career Development Center has a variety of tools and tips to get you to where you want to be. 



Chris Beauregard

Chris Beauregard 


"The true value of the ISTP master's program lies in the quality of its faculty and access to opportunities, both local and international."

What's International Science and Technology Policy All About? 

Who can better speak to the question than former Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development and Senior Advisor to the Director for the National Science and Technology Council at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (and International Science and Technology Policy program alum) Kei Koizumi. Watch his Bromley Event keynote lecture and Q&A to discover more.


Looking for Additional Information?

The International Science and Technology graduate program collaborates with two partner research institutes: the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP) and the Space Policy Institute (SPI).  Please visit the IISTP Academics webpage for information relevant to current and incoming students.