MS in Science & Technology for Innovation in Global Development
As a student in the global development masters program and with the Institute of Science & Technology for Development, you’ll be part of a revolutionary, transdisciplinary team of researchers and scholars that works to create change using specialized technical and focused social and business expertise. Each project is driven by people who are passionate about advancing the frontiers of knowledge and developing communities of today and tomorrow. Gathering teams that use varied professional expertise and methods, life experiences, and cultural wisdom and beliefs, you’ll become a facilitator of change as you collaborate to define and develop responsible, sustainable, and culturally appropriate solutions to great global problems.
The global MS program thus educates professionals who want to be innovators in the production of purpose-driven basic and applied knowledge, technological development, technology transfer, program management, program development, or activists. Our approach is one that promotes self-sufficiency as it pushes beyond the transactional concept of end user to the more pluralistic concept of community co-designer who understands the social responsibilities and implications attached to design solutions
No one technology, discipline, or individual can resolve today’s urgent problems in global technology and international development—it takes all of us to marshal the ideas and resources. Whether you have a BA or a BS, your skills will apply to the MS in science & technology for innovation in global development degree program.
A Student Perspective of this Degree
Hear Meron Tedasse ’20 BS and a current MS candidate in the Science and Technology for Innovation in Global Development program discuss the personal and global value of this degree.
The MS in science & technology for innovation in global development is a 30-credit hour global MS program. You’ll personalize your course of study by choosing electives that follow a logical path for deepening your understanding of one area. Program requirements will vary based on the concentration, but all include thematically related coursework and research.
Areas of Concentration
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemistry and Biochemistry
- The Business School
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Data Science
- Interactive Media and Gaming
- Clark University IDCE Courses
Requirements for the Global Development Master’s program
- Core Coursework Requirement (15 Credits)
- A Design Boot Camp, which begins in mid-August each year, is required.
- Graduate Qualifying Project/MS Thesis (3–9 Credits)
- Areas of Concentration (9–12 Credits)
The BS/MS and BA/MS degree with a Graduate Qualifying Project can be completed in 12 months. The thesis option will typically take one-and-a-half to two academic years. If you plan to add a language to your study, the program will take two years.
Students in the master’s in global technology and development will find their research performed in classrooms at WPI and in places as close as WPI’s hometown of Worcester to one of more than 50 global project centers around the world.
At WPI, we have rethought the design process for responding to interventions in community development, the environment, product design, policy making, and education. Because of that broad approach, the global master’s program will prepare you for careers in business innovation and development, government, policy, nonprofit organizations, foreign service, foundations, or academia.
You and your committee will choose three core fields of study, one of which is technical, and show their relationship. This degree will give you the global technology and development skills and knowledge you’ll need to
- show a broad understanding of critical design thinking and how it applies to your work;
- assess the suitability of different research methods for a range of socio-technical problems;
- demonstrate cultural competence in at least one area; and
- work with different disciplines that operate at the nexus of global innovation development.
Research and scholarship are often done through WPI’s Development Design Lab. The research strives to improve the human condition using the expertise and life experiences of diverse scholars who work across disciplines to develop social change and supportive policy development.
Interested in degrees similar to the global MS in science & technology for innovation in global development? Explore our Science, Technology & Policy (BS) where your studies will put you at the intersection of society and technology and how those influence global issues.
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