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CUSP Class of 2017

Firms are increasingly looking for data scientists and analytics experts to unlock the potential of their data. CUSP’s MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics degree will prepare you to work for a range of such private firms and public sector agencies, particularly those represented by CUSP industry and agency partners, in positions ranging from urban data scientist to management and leadership roles.

Numerous resources at NYU and through the CUSP network pave the way for many career opportunities after graduation. NYU CUSP offers technical and social workshops, networking and mentoring activities, research seminars, and workplace events to help students discover and customize a career path in the evolving industry of urban informatics. We also individually assist students in exploring internship and employment opportunities offered by NYU CUSP’s exclusive consortium of agency, corporate, and academic partners. Coupled with the resources provided by NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, students have the unique ability to prepare for recruitment in both the public and private sectors.

If your interests are in entrepreneurship, you will have opportunities to develop the skills to manage and create new ventures and to foster innovation in the urban information and technology sectors. The program’s emphasis is on bridging theory and practice to learn how to transform ideas into new market opportunities and start-up ventures. To this end, entrepreneurial-minded students will have unique access to NYU’s incubators, the New York City venture capital community, and experts in starting and growing tech companies.

Informatics to Impact

88% job placement rate

for the Class of 2016, within 6 months following graduation

$83,000 average starting salary

for the Class of 2016



Alumni Career Placement: NYC and Beyond

Our graduates have gone on to internships and full-time careers at:

  • Accenture
  • Alorica
  • Arcadis
  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • Apple
  • ARGO Labs
  • BlocPower
  • Bloomberg
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • CARTO
  • DataKind
  • Datapolitan
  • Deloitte Federal
  • Descartes Labs
  • Enigma
  • Fox Networks
  • GE Transportation
  • HR&A Advisors
  • IBM Watson
  • McKinsey & Company
  • New York State Attorney General’s Office
  • NYC Department of City Planning
  • NYC Department of Veterans’ Services
  • NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
  • NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics
  • NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
  • NYC Police Department
  • NYC Transit Authority
  • Ontodia
  • San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency
  • Two Sigma
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
  • US Treasury Office of Financial Research


CUSP Alumni Profiles

Alex Chohlas-Wood CUSP

Alex Chohlas-Wood

USA, Class of 2014

As the Director of Analytics at the NYPD Office of Management, Analysis, and Planning, Alex works on a suite of analytics projects to make management and enforcement operations more efficient, more focused, and more aware of actionable information in the NYPD’s databases. As part of this process, he built the Department’s internal capacity to create and sustain such projects, and collaborated with outside academic institutions to experiment with the newest advances in machine learning, data science, and big data.

Alex has represented the Department at numerous conferences and on several panels, including at NYU Law’s recent “Predictive Analytics & Human Rights”. At CUSP, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award for the inaugural graduating class. Prior to his masters, he graduated from Carleton College with a BA in studio art, has filmed and produced two documentaries, and worked as digital director for the artist Tom Sachs.

Varun Adibhatla, CUSP

Varun Adibhatla

India, MS Class of 2015

Varun attended NYU CUSP because he wanted to apply his experience in data and technology to real city problems. Since graduating, he co-founded ARGO (Advanced Research in Government Operations) Labs with several other classmates. ARGO Labs advocated for civic data science and helped create the Data Facility at CUSP.

Varun is currently the Director of the Urban Tech Hub, a partnership between Brooklyn Navy Yard’s shared workspace New Lab and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) that aims to support hardware companies addressing challenges such as transportation, energy, and air quality.

According to Varun, the Urban Tech Hub is a good place for urban-focused companies to work because it puts them in close proximity to a diverse group of customers: the city agencies and organizations who are potential partners, as well as the residents who will end up interacting with the technology on a regular basis.

At Urban Tech Hub, Varun interfaces with New Lab’s advisory network, stakeholders, and members to help its mission of building impactful growth-stage companies.

Learn more about Varun in our alumni interview! →