The Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development degree prepares students to enter the burgeoning field of ICTD, or Information and Communication for Development, which uses information and communication technologies in order to aid underserved communities in areas of socioeconomic development, international development and human rights. The program produces ICTD practitioners that can balance questions of access, use, usability, cultural context and unintended outcomes of ICT deployment and adoption in development strategies, in order to create and advocate for appropriate, sustainable and equitable technologies.
The Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development is the only program of its kind in the United States. It is a two-year program that offers an interdisciplinary approach to international development along with hands-on experience. The program emphasizes the balance of social, cultural, political and external issues that is necessary in order to maximize the success of ICT-based development interventions. To that end, students take courses in technology, development studies, policy and fieldwork methods. Achieving a balance between technology and society is a central objective of this program. After three semesters in-residence, students complete a fourth-semester field-based practicum, often working with NGOs, development agencies, foundations and technology companies on realworld ICTD interventions. These practicums provide students with international experience and often lead to fulltime positions.