Social Impact track

The Social Impact track of the Creative Technology & Design master’s program prepares students to leverage technology in support of underserved communities in the US and around the world.

Learning in the Social Impact program prepares students to apply information and communication technologies (ICT) to address social issues for the greatest 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.

All students in the Social Impact track share a common focus on tackling some of the world’s most complex problems. Many students focus on development issues domestically or abroad; these often include accessibility, education, climate change, global health, and policy. But in the end, you choose your own path by selecting from a diverse and challenging array of technical focus and critical perspective elective courses.

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. Students spend a full semester with non-governmental organizations, development agencies, foundations and technology companies applying thoughtful, real-world interventions that have a social impact. This experience positions them favorably for careers in the field, sometimes with the same organization.

We invite you to construct your own focus area within the Social Impact program, drawing on the diverse resources of the ATLAS Institute and the broader University of Colorado Boulder campus. The following focus areas show a few popular paths within the Creative Industries track, but they are not meant to be prescriptive: Accessibility, Climate & Energy, Policy, and Entrepreneurship, or join one of ATLAS Institute's Labs or Studios.

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GRE: ATLAS does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for applications to the Master's program.

International Applicants: All ATLAS degree programs have been assigned the US State Department's CIP code 15.0000, Engineering Technology, General. It is classified as a STEM-OPT eligible degree.