Public Interest Technology, M.Sc. | Part time online | Arizona State University | United States
12 months
10372 USD/year
10372 USD/year
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Do you have a passion for ensuring technology and innovation benefits society? Join us in this groundbreaking new Public Interest Technology MSc program offered at Arizona State University and become a leader in examining and using technology for social good, whether in the public or private sector or in nonprofit organizations.


The Public Interest Technology MSc program offered at Arizona State University asks a fundamental question: How can technology be used for good? When studying the public interest, it is vital to understand how new technologies pose new challenges and opportunities to society.

Students in this program acquire the ability to work in cross-disciplinary teams and gain a fluency that permeates technology and society issues and solutions. Graduates are able to think analytically, design new systems and processes, and gain exposure to emerging technologies that can make a difference in how government agencies, nongovernment organizations, nonprofits and private companies emphasize social impact. People working in this space ask communities what their needs are first, using a co-design approach to innovation with cultural awareness and values in mind.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be known as public interest technologists, an emerging domain of expertise. Generally, those completing the degree fall under the roles of analyst, advisor, assessor, coordinator, policymaker, consultant and manager.

Career areas for graduates include telecommunications, information technology, government, education, energy, transport, health care, international global development agencies, standards bodies, accountability, oversight, responsibility organizations and ombudsperson service offerings. Graduates can have options to enact change within their workplace using their newly acquired skills and are able to develop ideas for new for-profit and nonprofit startups that are user-centric, collective and community-driven.

Career examples include:

  • advisor (solutions, technology impact)
  • analyst (policy, data privacy, systems)
  • assessor (public interest technology, public health)
  • consultant (content strategist, business, safety, user experience)
  • coordinator (advocacy, standards)
  • manager (data governance, cybersecurity, data privacy, environmental affairs)
  • policymaker (human rights, emerging technology)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Public Interest Technology 
  • Co-designing the Future 
  • Technology Impact Assessments 
  • Public Engagement Strategies 
  • Applied Project 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Global Futures.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in computer science, public administration, engineering, business or marketing or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • graduate admission application and application fee
  • official transcripts
  • professional resume
  • written statement
  • three letters of recommendation
  • proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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