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The ATLAS Institute offers an MS in Creative Technology & Design with two distinct tracks: Creative Industries, and Social Impact and a radically trans-disciplinary doctoral program in Creative Technology & Design. You will find details on how to apply to these programs below, but please don’t hesitate to reach out personally by emailing the ATLAS graduate program advisor.  See also our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on graduate study at ATLAS.

For general information on graduate study at University of Colorado Boulder, see the university’s graduate admissions pages. 

International students: Please review the University of Colorado Boulder information for international graduate admissions.

ATLAS PhD Application Support Program: This student-led program aims to support applicants applying to ATLAS Institute’s PhD program by providing feedback on their applications before submission. Click here to learn more and invite feedback from current students. 

The College of Engineering & Applied Science is delighted to be able to waive application fees for students who fit the following criteria:

  • Applies by Nov. 15, 2022 to a PhD program in the college
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.4+  

No code is required; the fee will automatically be waived when the application is submitted.


The ATLAS Institute particularly encourages applications from students who will broaden the diversity of our graduate community. We know that diversity is essential to academic and workplace success, and we are committed to creating an inclusive and collaborative community. Learn more about the ATLAS Institute's commitment to diversity


MS: February 15 for priority review—applications received thereafter are considered until April 15 based on capacity.

PhD: December 1 (If eligible, fees are waived for applications received prior to November 15. Details above.) 

Application Instructions

After reviewing the information below and gathering your materials, please complete the Official University of Colorado Boulder Graduate School application.

Materials you’ll need to submit in support of your application:

  1. A résumé or curriculum vitae.
  2. A 3-5 page statement of purpose.
    • MS applicants 
      • The statement of purpose should detail your academic and professional interest in the MS-CTD degree, indicating which track you intend to pursue (Social Impact or Creative Industries). You should also discuss longer term goals and describe how your background prepares you to pursue this degree.
    • PhD applicants 
      • Students accepted to the program will be mature, self-directed, highly motivated and have demonstrated outstanding achievement. A statement of purpose for this program should include the following.
        • A statement specifically describing research interests. What would you study and why does it demand interdisciplinary work?
        • A tentative program of study, including specific faculty members with whom you want to work. (We may ask these faculty members to review your application.)
        • A statement of longer-term goals: How would an ATLAS PhD support your long-term career plans?
        • How does your background prepare you to study your proposed research topic in a technology-rich, interdisciplinary PhD program.
  3. A personal web site or online portfolio of your work.
    • What have you done that you’re especially pleased about?  
      • This might comprise software, hardware, design or multimedia production or performance, or research papers.
      • Clearly credit all authors and collaborators on each work. Include a URL on your résumé and/or in your statement of purpose (include password information if your site is restricted).
  4. Three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to judge your potential for success in graduate school.
    • Recommenders will submit letters directly online.
  5. Unofficial transcripts from each institution of higher learning that you have attended.

  6. Test Scores:
  • MS and PhD applicants
    • ATLAS accepts but does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • International applicants
    • If your native language is not English, you must submit a documented TOEFL iBT score or an IELTS score. More here on language proficiency. 
      The CU Boulder TOEFL institution code is 4841.  (CU Boulder Admissions does not use department codes.) 
      Taking the IELTS instead of TOEFL? Please request your IELTS test center report your score to our school using the following information:

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