Online Master of Science in Global Technology and Development

Learn about social, economic and political changes and the role of technology with Arizona State University’s Master of Science in global technology and development. With this degree, you can pursue careers in the public and private sectors that address global disparities related to wealth and access to resources.

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Next start date: 08/18/2022


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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What is global technology and development?

Global technology and development addresses disparity in wealth and access to resources between and within countries, in the context of broad technological advancement. In pursuit of this degree, you’ll gain a broad understanding of how global societies create and adopt new technologies to advance goals, including everything from transportation systems to cell phones and more.

Breaking down silos between the study of technology and development can lead to thoughtful critique- and evidence-based improvements, with consideration of mitigating factors, such as:

  • Culture.
  • History.
  • Politics.
  • Religion.
  • Society.

When you complete the online master’s in global technology and development, you’ll research a region of the world that fits your passions, and examine how technology affects its development and policy decisions.

How do graduates of a global technology and development program leverage their degrees?

 

This degree focuses primarily on the interpretation of technology’s effect on society, rather than technical development or management.

As a graduate with an online master’s in global technology and development, your skills in interpreting technological advancement in societies can be applied across many settings. You may choose to work for private businesses or in public sector roles in government and nonprofit organizations. You may also choose to pursue research with your understanding of socioeconomic and political implications of technological development.

Career focus areas may include:

  • Economics.
  • Education.  
  • International development.
  • Sustainability.

You can also continue your education with an additional advanced degree. Many students in the global technology and development program have gone on to pursue doctorate degrees in global development, geography, economics and business.

Who is an ideal candidate for this global technology and development program?

 

If you have an interest in social, political and economic development worldwide, you’re a great fit for this global technology and development program. Critical thinking and the capacity to discuss difficult and potentially controversial topics are especially valuable talents for students considering this degree.

Does my global technology and development degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured global technology and development courses

This global technology and development program is unique because it emphasizes a broad definition of technology, which can range from digital tools to transportation and energy systems. For this reason, you’ll have great flexibility in the elective courses you take, in addition to your five core courses. Additionally, opportunities to study abroad and participate in internship programs will also support practical experience that can be applied to your studies and career. Featured courses include:


Core

Development Policies and Practices


Core

Global Technology and Development


Core

Applied Project Methods for Global Development


Core

Research Design in Technology and Development


Core

Technology and the International Political System


Capstone

Applied Project


What can I do with an online master’s in global technology and development?

Program graduates pursue careers in many industries with positions focused on international development, technology management and transfer, education and more. Possible careers include, but are not limited to:

Foreign service

Nongovernmental organizations

Peace corps

Private sector businesses

Social and environmental justice groups

State and federal agencies and departments

Sustainable development initiatives

United Nations organizations

Educators with deep backgrounds in creating positive change

The faculty of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society works around the world on a wide variety of projects, such as energy innovation, poverty alleviation, community development, food security, water access and education. They work on projects in the regions of Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, China, Latin America and North America, with funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and other entities. They bring their real-world experience to bear on the design of courses and the mentoring of students.

Educators with deep backgrounds in creating positive change

The faculty of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society works around the world on a wide variety of projects, such as energy innovation, poverty alleviation, community development, food security, water access and education. They work on projects in the regions of Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, China, Latin America and North America, with funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and other entities. They bring their real-world experience to bear on the design of courses and the mentoring of students.

Online master’s in global technology and development admission requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in global technology and development must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Global Futures.

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A university focused on the future

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

#1


in innovation for 7 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10


best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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