Advanced CertificateApplied Urban Science
and Informatics
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Overview

An Extraordinary Opportunity

Apply technical skills to solve some of the world’s most important challenges

The Advanced Certificate is a 12-credit program completed over three semesters. The program enables students interested in, and capable of, focusing on the structure and development of large-scale quantitative data from diverse sources to understand urban problems and their potential solutions, particularly in operational contexts.

The Advanced Certificate program 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. The four required courses in the Advanced Certificate program are a selection of those taken by students in the MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics program.

The core of the Advanced Certificate curriculum is a two-semester project sequence – the Urban Science Intensive – during which you will work alongside MS students to apply the principles of informatics to address an actual, current urban challenge in a particular domain and with a specific city agency. Graduates of the program will be prepared for a range of technical positions at private firms and public sector agencies focusing on informatics-based urban solutions.

The Advanced Certificate in Applied Urban Science and Informatics is designed for students holding a relevant master’s degree, holding an undergraduate degree in an appropriate field and currently employed, or for those who will be enrolled in MS programs at NYU, NYU-Poly, and CUSP University Partners during the time of their participation in the Advanced Certificate program.

The Certificate program will teach you how to apply informatics — data collection, management, integration, and analytics — to the tough challenges cities face to become more livable, efficient, equitable, and resilient.

For students concurrently enrolled in a master’s program, your time will be divided between semesters at your home institution, taking courses at CUSP via the latest distance learning technology, and in residence at CUSP in Downtown Brooklyn where you’ll take classes alongside students in the MS program.

This is an unparalleled opportunity for you to engage in the study and practice of urban science with New York City as your laboratory and classroom, and with the support and resources of CUSP and its partners, who aim to become the world authority on the emerging field of urban informatics.


  • The ability to identify, define, collect, analyze, and communicate relevant data from diverse sources (tabular, web, sensors, etc.)
  • An understanding of urban science and urban informatics and the relationship to the operation and development of cities
  • The ability to identify and assess problems, evaluate data needs and analytical approaches to problem-solving, and develop solutions in real-world, multiple-constraint contexts
  • The ability to utilize large-scale data to better understand city functions
  • Direct, hands-on experience working in high-intensity, real-world environments with CUSP industry and agency partners

Who Should Apply for the Program?

If you are interested in the Advanced Certificate program, you should either:

  • Hold a master’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution;
  • Hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant field and be currently employed in a position related to the CUSP mission; or
  • Expect to be enrolled (either as a new entrant or continuing student) in a relevant master’s program at NYU, NYU-Poly, or a CUSP university partner at the time you will enter the Advanced Certificate program.

In all cases, you should be eager to expand and apply your technical skills to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. Your academic and professional experience need not be in a field directly linked to cities and urban issues. It is more important that you can demonstrate rigorous prior academic training and a passion for applying analytical skills to problem-solving in the urban context. As a student in the Advanced Certificate program, you will study and work on project teams alongside students from a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds and geographic and cultural perspectives.