Graduate programs in Technology, Media and Society (TMS) offered through the ATLAS Institute are uniquely interdisciplinary, nurturing robust design and technical skills through a project-based curriculum that affords students ample flexibility to explore and develop their personal creative visions.
ATLAS faculty study and practice in a broad range of fields, including smart textiles, human-robot and human-computer interaction, linguistics and typography, game design, personal bio-chips, nanotechnology and more. What they have in common is the desire to not just advance their field but to transform it.
ATLAS graduate students have backgrounds in a wide range of fields, including computer science, engineering, art, the humanities, the natural sciences, music and design.
For those seeking a graduate experience surrounded by a vibrant, interdisciplinary academic community of creative designers, engineers and inventors, ATLAS is the place.
MS–TMS: Creative Technologies & Design Track
Students in the Creative Technologies + Design (CTD) track are creative problem solvers, prepared for a wide range of careers in design and technology. Through project-based learning, students gain technical fluency, designing systems and products to realize their creative visions.
CTD students learn more than design thinking; they graduate as creative technologists equipped with a robust portfolio of thoughtful projects and prototypes.
The CTD program is driven by a unique and relevant core curriculum, flexibly shaped by student interest, and guided by leaders at the cutting edge of industry.
CTD connects students to the current and most relevant considerations of the field. Through hands-on workshops, visiting speakers, studios and classes, students work directly with leading professionals on real-world issues, gaining design expertise and technical skills as they learn the business of creativity
MS–TMS: Information & Communication Technology for Development Track
The Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) track of the TMS master’s program prepares students for careers in social impact fields, where they leverage information and communication technology in support of underserved communities in the US and around the world.
Information Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) graduates are creative problem-solvers tackling some of the world’s biggest issues. Learning in the ICTD track prepares students to apply information and communication technologies (ICT) for the greatest social impact. Students understand that the most effective and culturally appropriate solutions balance technology and societal need; through a project-based curriculum, students learn to critically evaluate and apply both.
One of the program’s greatest strengths is its diverse student cohort. A broad mix of talent leads to more thoughtful and thorough development projects and solutions. A hallmark of the program is the final field-based practicum semester. Students are placed with a non-governmental organization (NGO), development agency, foundation or technology company, where they apply ICTD interventions to real-world problems. Many graduates find this experience positions them well for careers in the field after graduation, sometimes with the same organization.
ATLAS PhD Program
PhD alumni work as researchers in industry and government, and in academia. The ATLAS PhD Program emphasizes out-of-the-box invention and radical inquiry, attracting students whose interests span multiple disciplines. The most interesting research opportunities often encompass multiple domains, and as a thriving academic community of researchers and students who blend engineering, design and art, ATLAS is an excellent fit for those whose vision is not easily tethered to a single academic department.
Structurally, the ATLAS PhD program is like any other research-based doctoral program: a student forms an advisory committee, takes courses, takes a qualifying examination, proposes a dissertation, performs research, writes a dissertation and defends it.
However, unlike most U.S. doctoral programs, our program has no set of required courses. Rather, the student works with her or his advisory committee to identify classes that will provide the knowledge and skills required for research. The curriculum is crafted from one student to the next, based on background and experience. For students interested in pursuing research but not prepared for a PhD, ATLAS offers a research master’s degree. Students admitted to this program work with ATLAS faculty advisors on customized courses of study.