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ATLAS

The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society is a radically interdisciplinary research and teaching institute in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dedicated to integrating information technologies into all facets of modern life, ATLAS researchers are dreamers and doers who seek to predict the future by inventing it. Its graduate programs in Technology, Media and Society attract and breed technology visionaries and virtuosos who reach beyond convention, take risks and innovate.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

Professional Master’s

The ATLAS Master of Science in Technology, Media and Society includes two distinct professional MS tracks:

●     Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD)

●     Creative Technologies and Design (CTD).  

ICTD Track

The ICTD professional masters track prepares students to effectively leverage information and communication technology in underserved communities domestically and abroad.

Through a rigorous curriculum that integrates social science with technology, students learn to create, deploy and evaluate technologies that address critical social needs.

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

ICTD seeks diverse applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including high technology/engineering, the social sciences, and international development. The one thing all of our students have in common is that they want to gain the skills necessary to address some of the world's largest problems through the creative use of technology.

CTD Track

The CTD professional masters track prepares students for careers in creative technology and design. The program offers a broad, trans-disciplinary curriculum that integrates technological skills with a critical, theoretical and historical understanding of technology, media and the arts. With a flexible curriculum, CTD allows students to explore multiple disciplines and technologies concurrently. The program features individual and group projects that address real world challenges and applications.

CTD produces creative and technologically skilled graduates with diverse and adaptable skillsets, ready to address the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.

CTD seeks diverse applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including technology, design, journalism, advertising, marketing, fine arts and computer science.

Tuition

ATLAS Technology, Media and Society tracks follow the tuition and fee schedule for the College of Engineering Professional Masters. The most current rates can be found in the table on the bursar’s website (see column “Engineering CEAS”).

 

PhD

The interdisciplinary ATLAS PhD program in Technology, Media and Society attracts highly motivated inventors and investigators whose interests at the intersections of technology, media and society fall outside traditional disciplinary PhD programs.

The program emphasizes out-of-the-box invention and radical investigation.  We are looking for people who want to improve the world through technology, who aren’t afraid to think beyond conventional wisdom, and who have or are prepared to gain the technical expertise to carry out their vision.

 

The interdisciplinary ATLAS PhD program in Technology, Media and Society attracts highly motivated inventors and investigators whose interests at the intersections of technology, media and society fall outside traditional disciplinary PhD programs. Students have come from electrical engineering, computer science, landscape architecture, journalism, music, art history, physics and library science.

The program emphasizes out-of-the-box invention and radical investigation.  We are looking for people who want to improve the world through technology, who aren’t afraid to think beyond conventional wisdom, and who have or are prepared to gain the technical expertise to carry out their vision.

Each student in the program works with a faculty committee appropriate to his or her interests. A sampling of the areas in which students may seek to study includes

●     Human-Computer interaction, including the design of new interactive technologies;

●     Developing novel robotic technologies for human assistance;

●     Digital fabrication technologies;

●     New forms of digital media, art and entertainment;

●     Privacy, security and ethical policy in the information age;

●     Information and communication technology for development; and

●     Novel uses of interactive games, including applications for education and health. 

Admissions Requirements: 

MS in Technology, Media and Society

The following items should be submitted as part of the online application found here:

1.  Unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher learning where you received college credit.

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. Use 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 exam score.

5.  A 3-5 page statement of purposeI that includes your academic and professional interest, goals, and a description of how your background qualifies you for the MS program.

6.  Your resume.

7. The CTD program track* requires a link to a sampling of the applicant's own creative work, along with a description (art, sculpture, website, music, photography, etc.).

8. In addition to completing the online application requirements above, please also submit the brief departmental supplemental application here.

PhD in Technology, Media and Society:

The following items should be submitted as part of the online application:

1.  Unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher learning where you received college credit.

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. Use 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 and we are looking for specific 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?
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            D) A description of how your background qualifies you for interdisciplinary information communication technology-related PhD work. How have you demonstrated a commitment to interdisciplinary study? What is your preparation for focusing on ICT-related issues?

6.  Resume.

7.  If applicable, submit a portfolio of your work (website or digital files). This portfolio might include design or multimedia production or performances, samples of research papers, or other digital documents relevant to your application. Please clearly credit all authors and collaborators for each work.

8. In addition to completing the online application requirements above, please also submit the brief departmental supplemental application here.

Applicant Instructions: 

Applicant Instructions: 

Fall Deadlines

MS priority deadline: March 1 (Rolling applications will be considered until the program reaches capacity.)

PhD: December 15

To apply, click here

Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder ATLAS Institute

Attention: Graduate Admissions
ATLAS Building 223
1125 18th Street
320 UCB
Boulder CO 80309-0320
Phone: 303-735-4577
Fax: 303-735-1605

atlas.grad.info@colorado.edu
http://atlas.colorado.edu/programs/