deprecated: mdg 9/12/15 Apply to the PhD program in Technology, Media and Society

Program Overview

The PhD in Technology, Media and Society is intended for self-directed and highly motivated students who have a strong desire to reach across multiple disciplines with their research. 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 serves students who wish to consolidate their multidisciplinary research in ways that traditional academic departments and units cannot easily accommodate.

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 clearly articulate why they cannot pursue their educational goals within a single academic department. Students who have recently finished undergraduate studies are unlikely to be suitable candidates for the ATLAS Interdisciplinary PhD Program.

Applicants 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 may also be reviewed by faculty of departments whose interests intersect with those of the applicant. Decisions of the ATLAS Graduate Admissions Committee will be reviewed by the ATLAS Director.

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To apply for admission to the ATLAS Institute PhD in Technology, Media and Society, materials should be received by Jan. 9 of the same year. International students applying to the program must submit materials by Dec. 1. For more information, visit graduate admissions.

Application Instructions

1. One unofficial transcript from each institutions of higher education attended.

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 must be submitted directly by the recommenders, either online or to the address provided below.

3. Graduate Record Exam scores (general exam only) taken within the last two years. (UC-Boulder GRE institution code is 4841, and our department code is 5101.) If you wish this requirement to be waived, an explanation must be submitted.

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 scores for consideration are as follows: 600 for paper-administered tests, 250 for computer administered tests, and 100 for Internet-administered tests. (UC-Boulder TOEFL institution code is 4841, department code is 99.)
For more information on international student applications, click here.

5. A 4-5 page description of your proposed program of study that addresses the following:

• A statement that specifically describes your interdisciplinary research interests. This should outline what you propose to study and why this area of study necessitates multi-departmental work as opposed to work within a single academic department.
• A tentative program of study, including the departments you wish to work with, appropriate courses from our existing course list or other courses you know of, and identify specific faculty members you wish to work with. (These faculty members may be asked to assist in our review process.)
• 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 to work in a technology-rich, interdisciplinary PhD program. How have you demonstrated in the past a commitment to interdisciplinary study? Please address your preparedness to study your proposed research topic.

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).


To apply electronically click here.

Mailing address: 
Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553

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

Mailing address for international applicants (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

International applications sent via courier (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 more information, visit graduate admissions or review the following links:

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