International Science and Technology Policy

Elliott School of International Affairs

Master of Arts (M.A.), Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Scientific and technological advances provide the basis of international competitiveness and account for the bulk of national growth and the improvement of the quality of life around the world. The ability to create, adapt, and adopt new technologies defines modern societies. In today's global environment, the need for innovation is essential for solving societal problems and staying ahead of competition. Developments in information technology, space exploration, genetic modification, and 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 prepares students to understand and respond to these important dynamics.

Master’s Degree

The multidisciplinary 40-credit M.A. program in International Science and Technology Policy includes a core field in science technology and international affairs, which allows students to concentrate on areas of particular interest; an analytical competency requirement, which provides career-enhancing, marketable skills in policy analysis, economic theory, or statistics; and an elective field which reflects individual interests and career goals.

Recent graduates often work in research, analysis, or management positions with titles such as research analyst, program or policy analyst, legislative analyst, or more specialized areas. Analysts are often employed with government agencies, advocacy groups, think tanks, science and technology-oriented publications, and other organizations.

Graduate Certificate

The Elliott School also offers a Graduate Certificate in International Science and Technology Policy, consisting of 18 credits (6 courses), for professionals and students interested in exploring this topic outside their primary field of study.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – February 1 (M.A. applicants: to be considered for fellowship support, applications must be submitted by January 7.)
Spring – October 1

Standardized test scores:

GRE/GMAT test- optional

Recommendations required: 

M.A. - Two (2) letters of recommendations, preferably from professors. Applicants who have been out of school for several years may send recommendations from supervisors or employers.
Graduate certificate - Two (2) recommendations, preferably one from an academic source.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If academic records are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided.  The English translations alone should be uploaded into the online application.  Official transcripts and certified English translations will be required of applicants who are offered admission.

Statement of purpose:

For your Statment of Purpose, choose one of these options:

In an essay of approximately 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the Elliott School of International Affairs. As part of your statement of purpose, describe your academic and research interests, career objectives, and how a degree from the Elliott School will enable you to achieve your goals. Please be specific.


In an essay of approximately 500 words, please discuss an issue of international importance you wish to address in your professional career. Please include how the Elliott School and the academic program to which you have applied will prepare you to address this global issue.

Additional requirements:

A resumé or curriculum vitae; strong analytical skills; and a demonstrated interest in policy issues with significant science or technology dimensions.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that Elliott School programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.7050 ~ 202.994.9537 (fax)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday