The PhD program at CU Boulder’s ATLAS Institute emphasizes out-of-the-box invention and radical inquiry, and we invite applications from students whose interests transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. Some of the most interesting research opportunities encompass multiple domains, and as a thriving academic community of researchers and students who blend art, design, engineering and humanitarianism, ATLAS is an excellent fit for those with expansive vision and drive.

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, in consultation with her or his advisory committee, identifies expertise that will be needed to perform the research and selects courses to develop the requisite expertise. The curriculum is crafted from one student to the next depending on prior background and experience.

Curious?  Write to any of our graduate faculty members or to the graduate program advisor, Ruscha Cohen and ask questions.

Note: If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and your GPA is 3.4 or higher, fees will be waived for PhD program applications received on or before Dec. 1, 2018. >more

Note: members of underrepresented groups, see also