ICT for Development and the ICT Global Corps

About the Specialization

This specialization focuses on the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in fostering economic, social, and environmental change in developing countries.  Students in this program will gain a theoretical and practical background in the challenges and opportunities for deploying ICT infrastructure to enhance development.  The program culminates in a field-based experience where students will implement an innovative ICT project in a developing country as part of a study abroad program, or will execute a project in a rural region or an underprivileged urban region of the United States.

Offered By: The specialization is offered by the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the the College of Engineering.  The Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media is the lead administrative unit. Please visit the College of Communication Arts and Sciences ICT for Development page for additional information on research and our public lecture series.

Who is the Specialization for?

MSU student with children in TanzaniaStudents enrolled in bachelor's programs at Michigan State University are eligible to apply for the specialization if they are sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing.

The ICT for Development Specialization is a great complement to the College of Communication Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Science in Media & Communication Technology for students concentrating in Information and Communication Technologies.

The program is available as an elective for students from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and from the College of Engineering.  Students from other colleges interested in the specialization may also apply, but priority will be given to students from Communication Arts and Sciences and from Engineering.  The program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing.


To apply for the specialization, student must complete a short application describing their interest in the program and any applicable prior courses or work experience.  Applications must be submitted to Professor Kurt DeMaagd (kdemaagd@msu.edu) by the second week of the fall or spring semester to be admitted into the program beginning the following semester.

Download a pdf version of the ICT for Development application form 

Students accepted into the program may begin in either the fall or spring semesters. The department or designee for the ICT for Development specialization must approve the student’s plan of study.

ICT for Development Specialization Curriculum

A student must complete a minimum of 15 credits from the list of ICT for Development Specialization courses which can be taken in many combinations while also fulfilling the requirements for related majors.

View the List of ICT for Development Specializations Courses

How can I find out more information?

For more information about the specialization, contact:

Erik GoodmanErik Goodman
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
2308M Engineering
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-6453