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Technion-Cornell Dual Master’s Degrees in Connective Media Degree MS Information Systems (Cornell) & MS Applied Information Science (Technion) Program Length 2 Years Issued By Cornell University & Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Digital devices and platforms have transformed the way we interact with the world, becoming an important and increasingly necessary part of how we work, learn, shop, communicate—even drive. Yet the utility of connective media has yet to be fully realized, and the ways we interact with them are undergoing constant innovation.

The Technion-Cornell Dual Master’s Degrees in Connective Media, offered through the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, will prepare you to thrive in this dynamic intersection of the human and the technical.

Learn Where the Digital and the Human Interact

The first degree of its kind in the world, the Technion-Cornell Dual Master’s Degrees in Connective Media educates a new generation of human-centric software engineers, new product developers, and technical user experience specialists by drawing on the disciplines of computer science, engineering, sociology, psychology, business, and design.

The program was designed with input from such tech-driven companies as Twitter, Facebook and The New York Times. Its hands-on, two-year curriculum is centered on computer science and engineering, the human and social impacts of technology, and entrepreneurship. Working in cross-functional teams with classmates from across Cornell Tech's diverse student body, you'll solve problems for real clients during Product Studio and develop your own business in the Startup Studio. In between, you'll complete a Specialization Project, an extensive exploration of a topic of your choosing. In addition to excellent technical skills and a profound understanding of the human aspects of technology, you'll graduate with the experience, confidence, and professional network you need to fast-track your career in this exciting and ever-changing field.

You come into the studio and you're going to be working with people from all sorts of different backgrounds, and together we create entirely new solutions to problems that we've never even looked at before.”

Who Should Apply?

The Technion-Cornell Dual Master’s Degrees in Connective Media is open to ambitious students with a strong academic background in science or engineering, a fascination with people-driven technologies, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. If you don't have a strong academic background in science or engineering, we'll take into account significant personal or professional experience in programming or mathematics.

Topics Covered

  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Security & Privacy
  • NLP
  • Systems (Computer)
  • Data Science
  • Computer Vision
  • HCI
  • Psychology and Sociology Aspects of Tech
  • Ethics, Values, Law and Policy of Tech
  • User-centered Design

Psychological and Social Aspects of Technology

Credits 3.00

This course explores the behavioral foundations of communication technology and the information sciences, and the ways in which theories and methods from the behavioral sciences play a role in understanding people’s use of, access to and interactions with information and communication technologies. Multiple levels of analysis—individual, small group, and larger collectives—will be included, along with multiple disciplinary perspectives. Course topics will include: introduction to behavioral research methods; principles of human perception and cognition; cognitive perspectives on design, attention and memory; emotion/affect; psychological theories of language use and self-presentation in computer-mediated communication; social psychological perspectives on coordination and group work (digital interaction), organizational science theories of social ties and relationships; user motivation, persuasion. Methodological topics will include the design of lab and field experiments, survey studies, and field observations, common statistical techniques used in the behavioral sciences and how to interpret them, and strategies for reporting results from behavioral science studies.

Careers in the Field

  • Software Developer
  • Product Manager
  • Data Scientist
  • Technical User Experience Specialist
  • Startup Founder or CTO

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