The Master of Science in global technology & development focuses on international socioeconomic and political change, emphasizing technology and the current processes of globalization.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

What is global technology and development?

Global technology development leverages international development and the sciences to understand and address global issues such as poverty and resource disparity. In this way, we can understand how technological developments affect society, and how societal changes can spurn technological innovation.

The global technology and development program at ASU addresses the global disparity in wealth and access to resources and basic needs, both between and within countries. In addition, the program seeks to help you better understand the role of technology in creating wealth in nations, as well as its distribution. Issues of culture, history, religion, and social organization are considered mitigating factors in this process.

Work for international organizations in the government, corporate and third sectors

The global technology and development program trains students to become technology interpreters, who can continue to conduct innovative research after graduation, or can step into roles in the corporate, government or social sectors. The program’s courses apply theory, research, policy and regional studies to prepare you for the capstone applied project.

With a background in international development and technology systems, graduates of the program have been employed in a variety of fields, including the technology industry, the non-profit sector, and the government, including the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Students in this program have also served in the U.S. Peace Corps prior to and during their studies.

Get started in global technology development

Join the program that students say changes their perspective on the world, technology and society. The online master’s program suits a multitude of learning styles, work schedules and locations. Select from a host of elective courses, while developing a strong framework of understanding in international development and technology through the required courses; all of which culminates in an applied project. Students can complete the program with unique research projects or with more applied and practical internship experiences.

Students have the option to choose a concentration:

School for the Future of Innovation in Society:

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The faculty of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society who specialize in international development work around the world on a wide variety of projects, such as energy innovation and poverty alleviation, community development, food security and 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.

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Related Careers

Graduates of the MS in Global Technology and Development are able to earn positions in international agencies such as the United Nations, NGOs or think tanks, or step into leadership roles organizing communities with grassroots organizations, or as leaders in the private sector as a journalist, or leading sustainability development cooperatives.


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university recognized by ASU in a related field such as political science, international relations, sociology, anthropology, economics, business, education, technology, engineering, life sciences, foreign languages or literature (i.e., topics related to global development, culture or socioeconomic institutions).

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Personal statement
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Proof of English language proficiency

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. A TOEFL score is required.

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