Apply to the PhD program in Technology, Media and Society

Admission to the Program

The PhD in Technology, Media and Society is intended for self-directed, highly motivated students who enter the program having demonstrated high achievement and with a strong sense of the interdisciplinary education and research that they wish to pursue. A key criterion for evaluating potential students for the program will be the nature of the students’ research interests. The PhD in Technology, Media and Society is intended only for students whose research objectives cannot be met in any existing department or program available on the Boulder campus.

Students applying to the program must be mature, self-directed, highly motivated and have demonstrated outstanding achievement. Evidence of previous interdisciplinary work is desirable and will strengthen an application. Applicants must make clear why they cannot achieve their educational goals within any single academic department. Students who have just finished undergraduate studies will not in general have had experiences appropriate to make them suitable candidates for the ATLAS Interdisciplinary PhD Program. Students applying to the program will be encouraged to submit a preliminary outline of their Program Proposal (described below) that will be used to better understand the student’s educational and research objectives. Applications to the ATLAS Interdisciplinary PhD Program will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee of ATLAS Faculty Fellows comprising the ATLAS Graduate Admissions Committee. The ATLAS Graduate Director will chair this committee. Applications also may be reviewed by faculty of departments whose interests intersect those of the applicant. Decisions of the ATLAS Graduate Admissions Committee will be reviewed by the ATLAS Director.

To contact ATLAS with questions about the PhD, e-mail For information on how to apply, click here.

Click here to submit an online application for the ATLAS Institute PhD in Technology, Media and Society. Questions about the program may be directed to

To apply for admission to the ATLAS Institute PhD in Technology, Media and Society, you will need to submit the following materials by:
• Jan. 9* 2015 for fullest funding consideration;
• Feb. 6* 2015 to be considered for admission for fall 2015.
(*Please note that the Graduate School’s deadline for applications by international students is Dec. 1st and takes precedence over the departmental deadline.) Visit Graduate Admissions.

All the following documents should be sent to:
Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553

For overnight or express mail send to:
Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Bldg RL3
Ste A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058

All documents for International applicants should be sent to:

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, Fedex):

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street – 65 UCB
BLDG RL3 Suite A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

1. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning that you have attended (only one copy of each transcript is required).

2. At least three, and no more than five, letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to judge your potential for success in graduate school. Letters may be submitted by recommenders online or sent to the appropriate address above directly by the recommenders.

3. Graduate Record Exam scores, general exam only. If you have not taken the GRE within the past two years, please include a statement explaining your reasons for requesting a waiver of this requirement. Online GRE testing is available frequently.
GRE codes are:
Institution Code: R4841, Department Code: 5101.

4. If you are a foreign student and your native language is not English, you need to submit a documented TOEFL score. The minimum required score for consideration is 600 (250*) (100**).
The TOEFL codes are: Institution: 4841, Department: 99.

* Equivalent score based on the computer-administered TOEFL. ** Score on the internet based TOEFL. For more information on application requirements for international students, see the CU Boulder Graduate School website here.

5. A 4-5 page proposed program of study (submitted online) which includes:

• A statement describing as specifically as you can your interdisciplinary research interests. What do you propose to study and why does your area of study require multi-departmental work as opposed to work within a single academic department?
• A tentative program of study (departments you wish to work with, appropriate courses from our existing course list or others that you may know of, any faculty whom you already wish to work with)
• A statement describing your longer-term goals. Why and how would an ATLAS PhD support your long-term career plans?
• A description of how your background qualifies you for interdisciplinary, ICT (information communication technology)-related PhD work. How have you demonstrated in the past a commitment to interdisciplinary study? What is your preparation for focusing on ICTIT-related issues?

6. A resume.

7. An optional portfolio of your work, submitted either as a URL pointing to online work or as a CD or DVD. This portfolio might comprise design or multimedia production or performance, samples of research papers, or other digital documents relevant to your application. Please clearly credit all authors and collaborators on each work. A URL may be included on your resume and/or in your written statement (please include login and password information if your site is password protected).
Visit Graduate Admissions.

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