MSTP Degree Information

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The ASU Master of Science and Technology Policy program is committed to training future policy makers, analysts and influencers to help build a better future for everyone by bringing unique skills and perspectives to emerging science and technology-related challenges. The program prepares its graduates to have an impact in today’s technologically and socially complex world.

Drawing on some of the world’s leading experts and innovative thinkers, the ASU MSTP program trains future leaders, policy makers and analysts to tackle a variety of complex issues ranging from climate change, energy security and public health, to the socially responsible and beneficial development and use of new and emerging technologies.

The program is an accelerated one year, cohort-based program that is ideally suited to those interested in making sure that science and technology serve society through responsive and effective policy development and implementation. It draws students from a wide range of background (technical and non-technical), and prepares them to develop successful science and technology policy-related careers with government, business, academia, and non-governmental organizations.

Students will learn:

  • Basic concepts underlying science and technology policy, including key factors driving the need for innovation in science and technology policy approaches;
  • Trends in emerging and converging technologies, and the policy challenges and opportunities they present;
  • Key political and policy processes at the jurisdictional, functional, and sectorial level;
  • Theories, tools and methods that are core to effective science and technology policy;
  • The significance and importance of multi-stakeholder engagement, including citizen engagement;
  • Essential communication modes and techniques; and
  • Professional skills that include effective networking and collaboration.

Program benefits:

  • Access to world-renowned expertise in policy approaches to emerging technologies;
  • Exposure to emerging thinking around next generation challenges;
  • Opportunities to participate in diverse, relevant research projects;
  • Immersive capstone experience in Washington D.C.;
  • Networking with science and technology policy leaders;
  • Career opportunities in the public and private sector.
Degree Requirements

(see the PDF iconMSTP Handbook_2018-2019.pdf for more specific information):
The program requires 30 credits of coursework including an oral presentation of a written Applied Project report (HSD 593), a Policy Workshop in Washington, DC (HSD 505), and an Internship (HSD 584):

The 30 credits include:

Six (6) credits of required core courses:

  • HSD 501 -- Science and Technology Policy (3 credits)
  • HSD 502 -- Advanced Science and Technology Policy (3 credits)

Six (6) credits of restricted elective courses from a list provided by the Degree Program Chair
Examples include:

  • HSD 517 -- Uncertainty in Decision Making (3 credits)
  • HSD 515 -- Science, Technology and Public Affairs (3 credits)
  • HSD 598 – Cultural Perspective of Science and Sustainability (3 credits)
  • GTD 501 -- Global Technology and Development (3 credits)
  • HSD 598 -- Human and Social Dimensions of Climate Change (3 credits)
  • HSD 598 – Project Management for Science, Technology and Policy (3 credits)
  • HSD 540 – Responsible Innovation and Research (3 credits)
  • HSD 598 – Introduction to Risk Innovation (3 credits)
  • HSD 598 – Science, Technology and Ethics (3 credits)

Six (6) credits of applied policy analysis courses:

  • HSD 505 -- Washington, D.C. Science and Technology Policy Workshop (3 credits)
  • HSD 593 -- Science and Technology Policy Applied Project (3 credits)

Three (3) credits of Science and Technology Policy internship

  • HSD 584 -- Science and Technology Policy Internship (3 credits)

Nine (9) credits of electives 

See below for a sample of elective courses. If there are specific classes you wish to take as your electives that are not on the list below, you may request approval from the degree program chair.

  • AEP 501 – Practical and Professional Ethics
  • GTD 511 – Development Policies and Practices
  • HSD 598 – Understanding Technological Change
  • HSD 598 – Health Policy
  • HSD 598 – Infrastructure as Socio-Eco-Technical Systems
  • HSD 598 – Sustainable Energy as a Social Problem
  • HSD 598 – Regulatory Policy
  • HSD 598 – Future of the American Dream
  • HSD 598 – Policy Dimensions of Space Exploration
  • HSD 598 – Health and Biomedical Research Policy
  • GTD 503 – Technology and the International Political System
  • LAW 703 – Law, Science, and Technology
  • LAW 617 – Genetics and Law
  • HSD 598 – Policy Dimensions of Space Exploration
  • HSD 598 – Health
MSTP program Fees

Program fees in addition to University tuition (https://students.asu.edu/tuitionandfees) are $250 per credit hour for a total of $7,500 total program fees for the 30-credit program