Eligibility, Admissions and Scholarships

The main requirement for applicants is a strong quantitative background and an interest in urban systems. A list of recommended coursework for the MS program can be found here.

Please know that although the admissions committee is looking for students with strong technical backgrounds, CUSP prides itself on recruiting applicants with a variety of skills and academic experience. Those skills can be obtained in undergraduate or extension/online courses, or through significant work experience. Overall, we are looking for talented and dedicated students who are looking for a challenge, and who want to make a difference in how people live, and improve the quality of life in cities.

To start, I would encourage you to review the CUSP Application Guide. It is a great resource for understanding MS requirements and navigating the application.

Our application for Fall 2019 is now available! Click here to begin your application.

Our three deadlines are:

  • December 15
  • February 15
  • April 15

There are NO DIFFERENCES between each application deadline.

We do not place caps on the number of students we admit per round.

Decisions will be released within six weeks of each application deadline

For a complete list of admissions requirements, please review the CUSP application guide

We do not offer application fee waivers.

You can submit your application before your recommenders upload their letters. Please encourage them to provide the letters as soon as they’re able, but no later than the application deadline.

Applicants are asked to upload unofficial copies of their transcripts when they apply. Should you be admitted into the program, you will be required to submit official copies of any postsecondary and graduate institutions you have attended.

While we don’t have minimums, our test score averages are as follows:

  • GRE Verbal: 158 and GRE Quantitative: 160
  • GMAT: 680

Our required minimum TOEFL score is a 95, with no individual subscores below a 22. Our required minimum IELTS score is a 6.5.

GRE/GMAT scores are valid for up to 5 years. TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for 2 years.

Our students are typically coming in with around 3.5 years of work experience.

Please upload a copy of your unofficial score report with your application. If you are admitted into the program, an official score report must be sent directly to CUSP.

Please upload an English-language copy of your transcripts.

No, we do not conduct admissions interviews.

Unfortunately, New York University only keeps applications for graduate programs open for one year after submission. Applications after one year are no longer valid for entrance into graduate programs.

All applicants (including those who are international) are eligible for merit-based scholarships. Applicants are automatically considered during the evaluation process and any awards will be announced in your admissions letter.

All students will be considered for merit-based aid, regardless of when they apply.

In addition to merit-based awards, students have the opportunity to apply for Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA’s).  A GRA is a paid, professional development opportunity that allows you to work with faculty, MS students, and PhD students on a signature research project. Funding and availability depend entirely on the faculty member and the research project so GRA applications are usually open for submission during orientation.

General Graduate Program Inquiries

We encourage you to fill out our information request form here.  We send out periodic emails with updates about CUSP, our MS programs, and the admissions process.

Due to visa regulations, international students can only enroll in the full-time Master’s program. 

Students who choose to enroll in full-time study will complete the program in one year (three terms).  Students who are looking to enroll part-time will complete the program in two years (five terms). Due to visa regulations, International students must be enrolled full time.  


The MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics is a 30-credit program that provides core courses in urban science, urban informatics, and information and communication technology in cities. Students have the opportunity to select from multiple urban domains and informatics disciplines to gain breadth and depth in the application of big data analytics to urban problems. The program can be completed on both a full-time or part-time schedule.

The Advanced Certificate is a part-time 12-credit program completed over three semesters. The Certificate is designed for students who wish to complement previous graduate studies with applied work in urban informatics, or those with a bachelor’s degree and work experience who want to learn the capabilities of urban informatics. 

Yes, our MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics program is OPT eligible. Additionally, because Urban Informatics is a STEM discipline, you will be eligible for a 17 month extension making your OPT a 29 month long experience.

There are many free online courses that our students take before the start of the program. If you are looking for a head start before the Urban Computing Skills Lab, we suggest taking a course on the following topics:

Career Services and Prospects

There are numerous career resources available to CUSP students and alumni. To start, MS candidates have the opportunity to work closely with our Assistant Director of Career Services. In this role, the Assistant Director will counsel students one-on-one and host a number of networking events, recruitment fairs, and other CUSP-specific programs throughout the year. The NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development also serves as a resource for both current students and alumni.

For more information on career outcomes, please click here.

We host a number of career fairs and information sessions throughout the year for our students. Our Assistant Director of Career Services also assists with interview prep, resume revisions, cover letter building, etc.

A number of CUSP partners have definitely been present at our career fairs, and we have had students secure internships or jobs with them in the past! Unfortunately we can’t guarantee placement with specific partners, but we try to assist our students in every way possible for these opportunities.

The Class of 2017 had an 85% job placement rate 6 months after graduation and a starting salary of $93,000. They are now working at organizations like, but not limited to, Bloomberg, Accenture, DataKind, PWC, Argo, and a number of public agencies throughout New York City.

In terms of job opportunities, CUSP graduates obtain the skills needed to position themselves for jobs at technology and consulting institutions, in entrepreneurial roles at start-up companies, at local governmental agencies, or in private companies. Alumni have taken on diverse roles, such as a Public Information Officer at the San Francisco MTA, founding CEO of an urban science consulting firm, and as data scientists at Bloomberg, just to name a few.

Courses and Curriculum

The Urban Computing Skills Lab (UCSL) at CUSP is a series of online sessions designed to build a common skill set and familiarity with techniques, concepts, and models for urban informatics computing. The online sessions focus on data exploration, programming skills and statistical methods needed for scientific computing in the field of urban informatics.

Unfortunately, the Urban Computing Skills Lab (UCSL) is only open to students enrolled in the MS or Advanced Certificate in Applied Urban Science and Informatics program. The UCSL is a summer boot camp that prepares students with the technical skills needed to be academically successful in the program.

Python, R, and GIS

Classes are typically held on weekdays, with morning and evening sections available to accommodate both full-time and part-time schedules.

CUSP students are able to fulfill elective requirements at other NYU graduate schools. The Assistant Director of Academic Services must approve elective coursework taken outside of CUSP. A full list of eligible courses will be distributed once fall offerings are finalized.

CUSP courses are generally held at NYU’s campus in Downtown Brooklyn. This is also where CUSP’s offices are located!

General CUSP Inquiries

All employment opportunities are posted on the NYU website.

At this time, we do not offer a PhD program at CUSP.

To connect with CUSP alumni, please email the Assistant Director of Career Services at

To connect with a current student, please email the Assistant Director of Admissions at