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The Master of Science in Global Technology and Development program offers a globally and technologically focused program by exposing students to a comprehensive understanding of systems of technology, the interface between technology and society, and their roles in global development, innovation and change. On a theoretical level, the program seeks to bridge the perspectives of international development and science, technology and society, incorporating theoretical and conceptual frameworks from both fields of study into the core curriculum.

The study of technology and applied sciences has traditionally taken place separately from the social science disciplines, offering little insight into how the advance of technology affects social, political and economic development, and vice versa. At the same time, academic programs that do explore these issues are often created in isolation from science and technology.  Yet, in the 21st century, it is imperative that we seek to understand the interrelationships between technological and human development, as well as how these interrelationships affect the environment.

In addition to specialized technologists, professionals with a grasp of large-scope technological change, who in effect may become technology interpreters for policymakers will be needed. Policymakers and practitioners of development are facing the incorporation of technology as a centerpiece of development strategies, and yet outcomes are not always certain.  The way in which technologies are transferred, adapted, and affect societies vary according to cultural, political and socioeconomic contexts.

The GTD course of study is designed to empower graduates of the program with the capacity to understand and analyze the impact that technological development has had on the world, and to use that knowledge to assess its impact and influence appropriate policies and programs for the future. Students completing the GTD program will possess research skills enabling them to pursue their own research agenda, as well as to critically assess the work of others in their professional environments. 

Graduates bring to their organizations a comprehensive knowledge of systems of technology and their incorporation and constitution from and within society, and how these systems might transform our world. Through integrating the study of human development with the study of technology, students are prepared for careers in technology-related public policy, government service, international development and international management, as well as the private sector.

Program Objectives
Students will learn the following:

  • Identification and evaluation of theories of economic, social and political development, and how they help us understand the impact of technology.
  • A broad understanding of sociotechnical systems and scope of human activity globalized and revolutionized by technology, particularly in the current era of globalization.
  • Critical analyses of current global events and situations including an understanding of their historical contexts, in order to make appropriate policy decisions regarding technology and development.
  • Understanding of the implications of technological innovation and development in environments other than their own society and culture.
  • Appreciation of factors that differ in various cultural, political and social contexts.
  • Identification of problems, formulation of research agendas, and implementation of research

CAMPUS BASED PROGRAM 
PDF iconGTD Campus_Handbook_Summer_2017.pdf

2015 GTD-Campus Handbook for Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2016 who wish to follow the old requirements

Required Coursework
GTD Core and Required Courses (15 credits)
GTD 511 Development Policy & Practices (3 credits)
GTD 501 Global Technology and Development (3 credits)
GTD 503 Technology and the International Political System (3 credits)
GTD 505 Research Design in Technology and Development (3 credits)
GTD 506 Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis in Technology and Development (3 credits)

GTD Area and Special Topic Courses (Select two courses for a total of 6 credits)
GTD 504 Technology and Development in Zones of Conflict (3 credits)
GTD 507 Technology and Development in the Middle East (3 credits)
GTD 508 Technology and Development in Latin America (3 credits)
GTD 509 Technology and Development in North Africa (3 credits)

Technology and Development – Restricted Electives (6 credits)
There is a wide range of course options to fulfill these restricted electives, offered online by departments across the University.  Each semester a list of approved courses in this category will be provided.

Additional Elective (3 credits)
Students should select one additional class for 3 credits from either the GTD Area and Special Topic Courses or the Technology and Development – Restricted Electives courses.

Culminating Experience Requirement:  Applied Project (3 credits)
There is some flexibility and scope in the nature of each student’s Applied Project. It can be a research paper where students must introduce a research problem, conduct a relevant literature review, describe the methodology, and then conduct research, or, create a project as a solution to that problem. Students will evaluate the research results or the project in a written document.  The research sequence of GTD 505 and GTD 506 is designed to prepare students for this culminating experience.  There is room, however, for a variety of other options, including a research proposal for funding, a publishable paper, or a multimedia project such as film documentary or other audiovisual exploration and demonstration of concepts, research, and development practices.

ONLINE PROGRAM 
 PDF iconGTD-Online_Handbook_Summer_2017.pdf  
 2015 GTD-Online Handbook for Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2016 who wish to follow the old requirements  

REQUIRED COURSEWORK
GTD Core Courses (12 credits)
GTD 501 Global Technology and Development (3 credits)
GTD 503 Technology and the International Political System (3 credits)
GTD 505 Research Design in Technology and Development (3 credits)
GTD 506 Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis in Technology and Development (3 credits) 

GTD Area and Special Topic Courses (Select two courses for a total of 6 credits)
GTD 504 Technology and Development in Zones of Conflict (3 credits)
GTD 507 Technology and Development in the Middle East (3 credits)
GTD 508 Technology and Development in Latin America (3 credits)
GTD 509 Technology and Development in North Africa (3 credits)

Technology and Development – Restricted Electives (6 credits)
There is a wide range of course options to fulfill these restricted electives, offered online by departments across the University.  Each semester a list will be provided of approved courses in this category.

Additional Elective (3 credits)
Students should select one additional class for 3 credits from either the GTD Area and Special Topic Courses or the Technology and Development – Restricted Electives courses.

Culminating Experience Requirement:  Applied Project (3 credits)
There is some flexibility and scope in the nature of each student’s Applied Project. It can be a research paper where students must introduce a research problem, conduct a relevant literature review, describe the methodology, and then conduct research, or create a project as a solution to that problem. Students will evaluate the research results, or the project in a written document.  The research sequence of GTD 505 and GTD 506 is designed to prepare students for this culminating experience.  There is room, however, for a variety of other options, including a research proposal for funding, a publishable paper, or a multimedia project such as film documentary or other audio visual exploration and demonstration of concepts, research, and development practices.