MS-ICTD Frequently Asked Questions


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

Prospective students have many questions – these are the most common inquiries in order to help students plan their academic career. For detailed program information, please download the program description.

Is there funding for MS-ICTD students?
At this time, no ATLAS funding is available for MS-ICTD students. Most students work part-time or full-time, and others receive assistance through loans and outside scholarships. We realize that funding graduate school is a challenge, and will work with you to help identify potential funding opportunities. For international students, please see the University of Colorado’s international Student and Scholar Services website.

What does the tuition cost?
Tuition costs vary based on the academic credit load and residency status of students. Please visit the University of Colorado Bursar’s Office webpage for most current information.

Are there TA and RA opportunities?
There are rarely TA and RA opportunities for MS-ICTD students as there is no undergraduate program in ICTD for students to teach or assist. Occasionally, opportunities surface in other programs and departments, especially if the student has a sought-after skill, such as language expertise.

How long does the program take? Can I come part time? What about online courses?
The MS-ICTD program is designed to be completed in two years for students enrolled full-time. Students may take courses part time, as well as take approved online courses through the CAETE program.

Can I take classes or graduate certificate programs outside the ATLAS Institute?
Yes – students may take additional courses to the core curriculum. Students have also enrolled in some of the graduate certificates held across CU, including Science, Technology and Policy, Women’s and Gender Studies, and various teaching certifications.

Can I start in spring semester?
Yes, although we encourage students to start in the fall in order to follow the suggested curriculum.

Application deadline: Applications for Fall 2014 have closed.
For further information, download the program description,  email graduate program adviser Ms. Ruscha Cohen at, or visit the College of Engineering and Applied Science website.