Academic Advising

Each student in the Master of Science and Technology Policy (MSTP) degree program will have a major faculty advisor as well as an Applied Project faculty mentor.  The Applied Project faculty mentor will be the official Chair of the student’s Supervisory Committee and will appear as the Chair on the student’s Plan of Study.  The student’s Supervisory Committee consists of three members, including the chair of the committee.  These faculty members can assist the student with class registration decisions, possible topics for the Applied Project and internship possibilities.

Courses for MSTP

The program consists of:
  • Six (6) credits in MSTP core classes
  • Six (6) restricted electives from a list provided by the program chair
  • Six (6) credits of applied policy analysis courses
  • Three (3) credits of internship
  • Nine (9) credits of electives

Students must complete 30 credit hours.  Coursework includes an oral defense of a written Applied Project report (HSD 593), a Policy Workshop in Washington, DC (HSD 505), and an Internship (HSD 584).

Undergraduate Programs

In our Innovation in Society programs you will learn the tools you need to analyze new technologies and innovations and how they may or may not benefit society. You will be prepared to develop innovative strategies to link the needs and values of society to new innovation to build exciting futures.

After completing one of our programs, you will be able to:

MSTP Degree Information

Master of Science and Technology Policy


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.


The School for the Future of Innovation in Society encourages applications from students of diverse backgrounds. To be eligible for admission, students are required to hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) or a graduate degree from a regionally accredited College or University of recognized standing. 

Financing your education - HSD

The HSD Ph.D. Program makes funding offers in conjunction with admission offers. The program director works with faculty who might serve on a prospective student’s advisory committee to develop funding from a variety of campus resources, such as research assistantships funded by faculty grants, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. Prospective students desiring funding should be sure to list three faculty members they may wish to work with in their online application.

Schools affiliated with HSD program

A crosscutting, interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program, HSD provides an intellectual core for students while encouraging them to work with other vibrant programs at ASU. Students will find natural connections to the schools that house HSD faculty. There are two or more faculty members participating in the program from each of the following:

HSD PhD Affiliated Research Centers

Supporting student research, the HSD PhD Affiliated Research Centers provide a focal point for intellectual community, research, and education. Each is unique and offers its own conceptual orientation and research portfolio. All work together, however, and HSD students move freely among the diverse array of classes, working groups, and activities offered by each.

HSD Faculty

The HSD PhD Program is administered through the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and has a broad, interdisciplinary faculty comprised of faculty members from across all four ASU campuses.