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.
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.
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:
To apply for admission, submit the following materials:
MS in Information and Communications Technology for Development
PhD in Technology, Media and Society
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?
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?
MS Domestic Application Deadline: March 1
PhD Application Deadline: February 1
University of Colorado Boulder ATLAS Institute
Attention PhD Program or Attention MS-ICTD Program
ATLAS Building 223
1125 18th Street
Boulder CO 80309-0320