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ATLAS- PhD in Technology, Media and Society & MS in ICT for Development

The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute offers an interdisciplinary MS in Information Communication Technology for Development (MS-ICTD) and an interdisciplinary PhD program in Technology, Media and Society. The programs involve dozens of faculty from disciplines including computer science and engineering, business, law, social science, arts and humanities.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

MS
The ATLAS Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development (MS-ICTD) degree prepares students for careers in the use of information and communication technology to help improve the quality of life of people and communities in developing communties, and in underserved and impoverished regions of developed nations.

Through a rigorous curriculum that integrates social science with technology, students learn how to create, deploy and evaluate technologies while addressing critical socioeconomic and cultural issues.

The two-year program includes three semesters in residence and a one-semester practicum, an internship or service project with a company, non-profit agency, foundation or non-governmental organization engaged in ICTD efforts.

The ATLAS MS-ITCD program seeks diverse applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to high technology/engineering, international development (including returning Peace Corps volunteers, military veterans and individuals with international aid or foreign service experience) and students from the Global South.

PhD
The PhD in Technology, Media and Society is intended for self-directed, highly motivated students who enter the program having demonstrated high achievement and with a strong sense of the interdisciplinary education and research that they wish to pursue. A key criterion for evaluating potential students for the program will be the nature of the students' research interests. The PhD in Technology, Media and Society is intended only for students whose research objectives cannot be met in any existing department or program available on the Boulder campus.

Each student in the program works with a faculty committee appropriate to his or her interests to construct a set of courses and candidacy exams customized to those interests.  A sampling of the areas in which students may seek to study and conduct research at the intersection of Technology, Media and Society includes:

  • Globalization and the networked information age
  • The impacts of information and communication technologies upon education, upon business and scientific practice and upon social interactions
  • New forms of digital media, arts and entertainment
  • Privacy, security and ethics in the information age
  • Methods and impacts of human-computer interaction.
  • Information and communication technology for development
  • Novel uses of interactive games e.g., for education and health
Admissions Requirements: 

To apply for admission, submit the following materials:

MS in Information and Communications Technology for Development

  1. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning that you have attended (only one copy of each transcript is required). 
  2. Three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to judge your potential for success in graduate school.
  3. Graduate Record Exam scores, general exam only, to Institution Code: 4841.  Online GRE testing is available frequently.  The following URL provides the schedule: www.ets.org.
  4. If you are a foreign student and your native language is not English, you need to submit a documented TOEFL score.
  5. A 3-5 page statement of purpose (submitted online) that includes your academic and professional interest in ICTD, your longer term goals in ICTD, and a description of how your background qualifies you for the MS-ICTD program.
  6. A resume (submitted online with the application).

PhD in Technology, Media and Society

  1. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning that you have attended ((only one copy of each transcript is required).
  2. At least three, and no more than five, letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to judge your potential for success in graduate school.
  3. Graduate Record Exam scores, general exam only, to Institution Code: 4841. Online GRE testing is available frequently; the following URL provides the schedule: www.ets.org.
  4. A 4-5 page proposed program of study (submitted online as your personal statement) that includes:
    A.) A statement describing as specifically as you can your interdisciplinary research interests. Note the focus of this statement is on research, rather than artistic projects you may develop. What do you propose to study and why does your area of study require multi-departmental work as opposed to work within a single academic department?

    B. ) A tentative program of study (areas of focus, tentative course selection, faculty with whom you wish to work.)

    C.)  A statement describing your long-term goals. Why and how would an ATLAS PhD support your long-term career plans?

    and

    D. ) A description of how your background qualifies you for interdisciplinary, ICT (information communication technology)-related PhD work. How have you demonstrated in the past a commitment to interdisciplinary study? What is your preparation for focusing on ICT-related issues?

  5. A resume (submitted online with your application).
  6. If applicable, submit an optional portfolio of your work, submitted either as a URL pointing to online work or as a CD or DVD. This portfolio might include design or multimedia production or performance, samples of research papers, or other digital documents relevant to your application. Please clearly credit all authors and collaborators on each work. A URL may be included on your resume and/or in your written statement (please include login and password information if your site is password protected).
Applicant Instructions: 

DEADLINES

MS Domestic Application Deadline: April 15

PhD Application Deadline: January 9

Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder ATLAS Institute
Attention PhD Program or Attention MS-ICTD Program
ATLAS Building 223
1125 18th Street
320 UCB
Boulder CO 80309-0320
Phone: 303-735-4577
Fax: 303-735-1605

Where To Send Your Materials: 

Application Mailing Instructions

Domestic Applicants:

Transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553 USA

For overnight or express mail (DHL, FEDEX, UPS):

Graduate Admissions             
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street , Bldg RL3, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA                                                                                                                              
Phone:  (303) 492-6301
  

All International Applicants

Transcripts should be sent directly to Office of Admissions/International.  Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, FedEx)          

Office of Admissions/International               
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street, Bldg RL3, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

Phone: (303) 492-6301