MS-ICTD: Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development



Consider CU-Boulder’s ATLAS Institute Master’s Degree

The Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development (MS-ICTD) is a two-year program that offers an interdisciplinary approach to international development with hands-on experience.

The fourth semester practicum allows students to build real-world projects in an internship with organizations working in the ICTD field. Practicums provide students with international experience and often lead to full-time positions.

Now accepting applications. For more information, email program advisor Ruscha Cohen, or call 303-492-5081.

The ATLAS Institute’s Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development (MS-ICTD) degree prepares students to effectively leverage Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in underserved communities.

In order for ICT-based development interventions to succeed, technological considerations must be balanced with social, cultural, political and external issues. To this end, students take courses in technology, development studies, policy and fieldwork methods. Achieving a balance between technology and society is a central objective of this program.

The only program of its kind in the United States, this two year program includes three semesters in residence and a final semester comprised of a field-based practicum, where students work with NGOs, development agencies, foundations and technology companies on real-world ICTD interventions.

There is a demonstrated need for ICTD practitioners who can balance questions of access, use, usability, cultural context and unintended outcomes of ICT deployment and adoption in development strategies, in order to create and advocate for appropriate, sustainable and equitable technologies.

The MS-ICTD program seeks students from all academic backgrounds. The strength of the program is predicated on the diversity of the cohort. This diversity creates opportunities to combine talents for more thoughtful and thorough development projects. We encourage technologists, social scientists, development practitioners, and those that defy traditional academic disciplines or paths to apply to the program.

For further information, download the program description or email Ms. Ruscha Cohen, graduate program adviser, at