Technion-Cornell Dual Master’s Degrees in Connective Media


Program Description

Technion-Cornell Dual Master’s Degrees in Connective Media


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.

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 Connective Media

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/effect; 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


The Technion-Cornell Dual Master’s Degrees in Connective Media curriculum mixes coursework and project work to provide you with a strong technical background that focuses on innovation, product development, human involvement and social aspects present throughout the tech world.

In an educational innovation unique to Cornell Tech, you'll also participate in an immersive Studio experience, in which you'll develop your team-building and leadership skills while developing a new product idea in response to the strategic needs of a real organization and create your own startup.

What Your Schedule Might Look Like

In your first fall semester, you’ll take required and elective classroom courses in the mornings. You’ll spend afternoons working on team-based projects in Product Studio and Startup Ideas and learn firsthand from industry leaders in Conversations in the Studio.

In your first spring semester, you’ll continue taking required and elective classroom courses and begin work on your two-semester, deeply technical Specialization Project.

In your second fall semester, you’ll continue taking required and elective classroom courses and finish work on your Specialization Project.

In your final spring semester, you’ll spend your mornings on required and elective classroom courses. In the afternoons, you’ll pursue team-based projects in Startup Studio and Product Management and continue to attend Conversations in the Studio.

Master of Science in Information Systems

Connective Media and Health Tech.

Application Timeline

Cornell Tech offers three application rounds. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application when ready. We will consider applicants that apply in each application round. We review applications as we receive them.

The 2018-2019 application deadlines are as follows:

Round 1 - Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET

Round 2 - Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET*

Following the Round 2 application deadline, the Admissions Committee will review applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

To be considered, all applicants must provide the following in their online application:


You must submit a current résumé along with your application. With the use of LinkedIn, you will have the option to auto-populate the employment and education information listed within your application. Please note, any information that is auto-populated from LinkedIn can be edited.

Personal Statement

Here at Cornell Tech, you will be part of an environment where creativity, technical depth and leadership share seats at the table. We value expressions of who you are and what you add to this formula. Please submit a one- to two-page statement that describes your interest in this program. Your submission should highlight personal experiences that demonstrate your creativity, leadership and technical abilities.

In particular, feel free to elaborate on technical projects you have completed, their creative and technical aspects; any entrepreneurial or leadership experiences; your professional career goals; the benefit you envision being part of the tech ecosystem in New York City; and, why this program is the one for you.

Two Recommendations

Recommenders should be faculty members, supervisors or other individuals who know you professionally and have seen you play a major role in substantial projects. Recommendations must be submitted online.


The GRE is required for admission to the Master of Science in Information Systems programs. All official test scores should be reported directly to Cornell University. The GRE institution code for Cornell is 2098. Please be consistent in the spelling of your name on both your application and test score report.


Transcripts from each previously attended college or university are required and must be uploaded online with the application. Admitted students will be required to submit an official transcript directly to the Cornell Graduate School prior to matriculation.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $95 must be submitted with the online application.

International Applicants


In addition to the aforementioned program requirements listed, international applicants must provide a certified English translation of transcripts if the original language is not English. Successful international applicants will have received a baccalaureate degree from a college or university of recognized standing.


Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Official TOEFL scores must be sent to the Cornell University Graduate School. The institution code is 2098. Cornell’s official minimum sub-scores for each element of the TOEFL are as follows:

  • Writing: 20
  • Reading 20
  • Listening 15
  • Speaking 22

The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets at least one of these criteria:

  • Is a native citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom.
  • Has studied in full-time status for at least two academic years within the last five years in the United States, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa. You must submit a transcript that shows you have attended college in one of these approved locations.
Last updated Nov 2018

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