The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute offers an interdisciplinary MS and PhD program in Technology, Media and Society.
The ATLAS Master of Science in Technology, Media and Society includes two distinct Professional Masters Program Tracks. One in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) and one in Creative Technologies and Design (CTD)).
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 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 ICTD Professional Masters track 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 ICTD Professional Masters track follows the tuition and fee schedule for the College of Engineering Professional Masters. The most current rates can be found on the bursar’s website, http://bursar.colorado.edu
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. The curriculum is designed to be diverse, so that students can explore multiple disciplines and technologies concurrently. The program features individual and group projects that address real world challenges and applications.
The CTD Professional Masters Track will produce creative and technologically skilled graduates with diverse and adaptable skillsets, ready to address the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.
The CTD Professional Masters track seeks diverse applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including by not limited to technology and design (including journalism, adverting, marketing, fine arts, computer science, etc.).
The CTD Professional Masters track follows the tuition and fee schedule for the College of Engineering Professional Masters. The most current rates can be found on the bursar’s website, http://bursar.colorado.edu
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
To apply for admission, submit the following materials:
MS in Technology, Media and Society
1. Unofficial 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 program.
6. A resume (submitted online with the application).
PhD in Technology, Media and Society
1. Unofficial 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:
5. 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? 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?
6. A resume (submitted online with your application).
7. 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
The ATLAS MS priority deadline is March 1, 2016. Late applications will be considered until the program reaches its capacity.
MS Domestic and International Application Deadline: March 1, 2016
PhD Domestic Application Deadline: December 15, 2016
PhD International Deadline: December 1
University of Colorado Boulder ATLAS Institute
Attention PhD Program or Attention MS Program
ATLAS Building 223
1125 18th Street
Boulder CO 80309-0320