Degree Programs

MA, MSc, PhD

SIAT's graduate program focuses on the technological change that is radically reshaping our world today. We believe that intellectual diversity and multiple perspectives are essential to address such change. Views and research traditions from design, art, the humanities, science and technology are all part of our community. We offer Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Admission to the program depends on prior academic preparation, intended focus of study, and identified fit and supervisory agreement with one of our research faculty members.

In a school as diverse as ours, the way the research is done - the methodology - is an important concern. All students study research methods and design, across the program and within their own specialization.

Computation is a driving force in technological change. All students in the program acquire knowledge of how computing works and how it affects the new designs and systems being created today.

Master of Arts (MA)

The Master of Arts degree focuses on humanistic and artistic traditions of inquiry. Coursework in this degree typically includes core courses in new media, computational art and design, and human cognition. Students typically choose topics requiring qualitative research methods and designs.

Master of Science (MSc)

The Master of Science degree is for students working within a scientific and technological area. Course work in this degree includes core courses in artificial intelligence, knowledge visualization and cognition. Methods of research include the mathematical models and quantitative methods of evaluation

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD is awarded for a relevant and original contribution to knowledge as expressed in a dissertation. PhD students study in an area supported by SIAT's faculty and under the direction of a supervisory committee.

Degree Completion Timelines

SIAT Graduate students typically take 5-6 semesters to complete their MA or MSc degree, and an additional 6-8 semesters for a PhD.