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The one-year, three-semester, 30-credit MS program combines core courses in urban science and informatics with technical discipline and urban domain specializations.


Late Summer
City Challenge Program
An introduction to research and ongoing projects at CUSP, and an overview of urban informatics and city operations. This week-long intensive will also introduce you to fellow students, city agencies, and CUSP partners.
Semester 1 (Fall) — Foundation

  • Foundations of Urban Science (3 credits)
  • Urban ICT and City Operations (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Urban Informatics (3 credits)
  • Discipline Specialization (1st course) (3 credits)

total: 12 credits

Optional “Winter Week” Program with CUSP Partner

Semester 2 (Spring) — Specialization

  • Entrepreneurship/Innovation Specialization (3 credits)
  • Discipline Specialization (2nd course) (3 credits)
  • Domain Specialization (3 credits)
  • Urban Science Intensive I (3 credits)

total: 12 credits

Semester 3 (Summer) — Application

  • CUSP Seminar on the Science of Cities (or elective) (3 credits)
  • Urban Science Intensive II (3 credits)

total: 6 credits

Note: An optional internship with a city agency or partner is possible during semesters 2 and 3.


As a student you will select specializations in three areas – discipline, domain, and entrepreneurship – and, based on the chosen specialization, select from a list of pre-approved courses from CUSP and across NYU and NYU-Poly schools and departments, including the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the Stern School of Business, and the Wagner School of Public Service, among others.