The MS track in Social Impact equips students with skills in three areas:

  • Social Impact Foundations and Practice — Students learn development history and theory and review social impact projects at the intersection of technology and development (or human-need) across applications and technologies.  Through this students learn bottom-up, community-centered, sustainable design.

  • Professional Development- Students are introduced to a wide range of people and projects across the social impact and development landscape. They are introduced to various careers and industry leaders, working to focus on post-graduate career development and networking. The final practicum project uniquely equips students with a semester-long field experience in their area of focus. 

  • Technical fluency—Students develop a foundation in contemporary digital skills including coding and development, building a unique technical toolset to address social issues.

Semester Class #1 Class #2 Class #3
Year One (Fall) Case Studies Global Development

Introduction to Programming
Creative Code

Year One (Spring) Fieldwork Methods Creative Technologies Elective: Technical Focus or
Critical Perspectives
Year Two (Fall) Social Impact Lab Elective: Tech Focus Elective: Critical Perspectives
Year Two (Spring) Practicum     

(This schedule assumes the program is completed in two years, but completion time is flexible.)