International Science and Technology Policy Program of Study

To earn your Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy you must successfully complete our 40 credit program, which includes 6 credits of core courses, the 4 credit Capstone course sequence, 15 credits in your chosen Concentration field, 6 credits of Analytical Competency courses, and 9 credits of electives. Optional 1 credit professional skills courses are encouraged, but not mandatory.

 

Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy Program of Study

 

IAFF 6141 International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone

IAFF 6143 Science and Technology Policy Analysis*

*Offered in the Fall only

Students complete a two-course capstone sequence that most closely matches the thematic area of their project. The capstone sequence includes a 2-credit capstone workshop taken before the 2-credit capstone seminar. Students must have completed at least 18 credits of coursework prior to starting the capstone sequence. The two 2-credit capstone courses must be taken consecutively.

IAFF 6898 Capstone Workshop

IAFF 6899 Capstone Course

Elective courses may include graduate-level courses offered through other Elliott School programs, departments in other GW schools, or a combination of the two. Up to 3 credits may be taken as professional skills courses (IAFF 6502 or IAFF 6503). Examples of representative fields include:

  • Environmental Policy

  • International Business

  • International Development

  • International Economics

  • International Finance

  • International Health Policy

  • Intellectual Property Protection

  • Science Ethics

  • Security Policy

  • Space Policy

  • Technology Management

  • Regional Fields of Study:

    • East Asia

    • Western Europe

    • Central and Eastern Europe

    • Russia/Commonwealth of Independent State

    • Middle East

    • Latin America


Concentration Field

The concentration consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours and is selected to complement the background and interests of the individual student. It may be in a field offered in another Elliott School program, a department in another college, or a combination of the two. Students may also design their own concentration with approval by the Program Director.

The concentration consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours and is selected to complement the background and interests of the individual student. It may be in a field offered in another Elliott School program, a department in another college, or a combination of the two. Students may also design their own concentration with approval by the Program Director. For a full listing and course descriptions, refer to the GW Bulletin.

EMSE 6260 Energy Management     

EMSE 6290 Climate Change: Policy, Impacts, and Response 

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy     

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Energy Policy)       

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Renewable Energy in a Decarbonizing World) 

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy Security)             

IAFF 6198 Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (International Climate Change Policy)               

IBUS 4900 Special Topics (Global Energy)   

IBUS 6400 Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society        

LAW 6460 Environment and Energy Policy Practicum            

PUBH 6130 Sustainable Energy and the Environment

The concentration consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours and is selected to complement the background and interests of the individual student. It may be in a field offered in another Elliott School program, a department in another college, or a combination of the two. Students may also design their own concentration with approval by the Program Director. For a full listing and course descriptions, refer to the GW Bulletin.

EMSE 6200 Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management     

EMSE 6220 Environmental Management              

EMSE 6240 Environmental Hazard Management

EMSE 6290 Climate Change: Policy, Impacts, and Response          

GEOG 6219 Seminar: Climatology            

GEOG 6220 Seminar: Climatic Change    

GEOG 6222 Seminar: Resources and the Environment     

GEOG 6230 Seminar: Environmental Issues in Development          

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs (Managing the World's Water)   

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

IAFF 6164 Environmental Security            

IAFF 6198 Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (International Climate Change Policy)          

LAW 6454 International Environmental Law        

LAW 6460 Environment and Energy Policy Practicum       

PUBH 6130 Sustainable Energy and the Environment

The concentration consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours and is selected to complement the background and interests of the individual student. It may be in a field offered in another Elliott School program, a department in another college, or a combination of the two. Students may also design their own concentration with approval by the Program Director. For a full listing and course descriptions, refer to the GW Bulletin.

IAFF 6106 Nuclear Weapons      

IAFF 6107 The Science of Nuclear Materials         

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs (U.S. Foreign Policy and International Organizations)       

IAFF 6153 Science, Technology, and National Security     

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cybersecurity)  

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Cyber Threats, Policy, and Strategy)   

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Methods for Defense Analysis)             

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military Technology Assessment)        

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Nuclear Security)        

PSC 6348 Politics of U.S. National Security Policy (U.S. National Security Policy Making)

The concentration consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours and is selected to complement the background and interests of the individual student. It may be in a field offered in another Elliott School program, a department in another college, or a combination of the two. Students may also design their own concentration with approval by the Program Director. For a full listing and course descriptions, refer to the GW Bulletin.

IAFF 6106 Nuclear Weapons      

IAFF 6107 The Science of Nuclear Materials         

IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Security Policy)

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Energy Policy)   

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Nuclear Security)

The concentration consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours and is selected to complement the background and interests of the individual student. It may be in a field offered in another Elliott School program, a department in another college, or a combination of the two. Students may also design their own concentration with approval by the Program Director. For a full listing and course descriptions, refer to the GW Bulletin.

EHS 6227 Introduction to Human Health in Space              

IAFF 6145 U.S. Space Policy         

IAFF 6146 Space Law     

IAFF 6148 Space and National Security  

IAFF 6153 Science, Technology, and National Security     

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Issues in Space Policy)

The concentration consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours and is selected to complement the background and interests of the individual student. It may be in a field offered in another Elliott School program, a department in another college, or a combination of the two. Students may also design their own concentration with approval by the Program Director. For a full listing and course descriptions, refer to the GW Bulletin.

ECON 6255 Economics of Technological Change

IAFF 6142 Technology Creation/Diffusion             

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military Technology Assessment)        

IAFF 6198 Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Digital Trade and Global Governance)        

IAFF 6198 Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (International Entrepreneurship)    

IBUS 4900 Special Topics (Emerging Technologies)

 


Analytical Competency

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.

ECON 6237 Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources             

ECON 6250 Survey of Economic Development     

ECON 6255 Economics of Technological Change

ECON 6280 Survey of International Economics   

ECON 6295 Special Topics (Energy Economics)   

ECON 6301 Applied Microeconomic Theory          

ECON 6305 Applied Macroeconomic Theory

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs (Applied Qualitative Methods)   

IAFF 6198 Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Advanced Quantitative Analysis)  

IAFF 6501 Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners     

PPPA 6002 Research Methods and Applied Statistics       

PPPA 6003 Economics for Public Decision Making             

PPPA 6005 Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditure Analysis

PPPA 6007 Microeconomics for Public Policy I     

PPPA 6015 Benefit-Cost Analysis              

PPPA 6020 Decision Modeling for Public Policy   

PPPA 6085 Special Topics in Public Policy (Quantitative Modeling for Public Policy Analysis)