Master of ScienceApplied Urban Science
and Informatics
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An Extraordinary Opportunity

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

The goal of the MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics program is to provide you with the ability to use large-scale data, from a variety of sources, to understand and address real-world challenges in the urban context. As a graduate of the MS program, you will have the following knowledge and competencies:

  • The ability to identify, define, collect, analyze, and communicate relevant data from diverse sources (tabular, web, sensors, etc.)
  • A depth of knowledge in a particular urban domain, such as energy, buildings, transportation, etc., and in a discipline, including visualization, decision models and optimization, simulation and computational methods
  • An understanding of urban science and urban informatics and their relationship to the operation and development of cities
  • An 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 industry and agency partners
  • The ability to manage and lead complex processes of technology innovation and deployment
  • Leadership skills for your chosen career path in an entrepreneurial venture or existing organization

If your background is in mathematics, science, or engineering, the MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics will provide you with the opportunity to engage in the interdisciplinary study of urban science and informatics and to apply your technical skills to urban problems.

The one-year, three-semester, 30-credit MS program provides core courses in urban science, urban informatics, and information and communication technology in cities. You will 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 also contains a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation leadership, and you are given the option to study technology entrepreneurship or change leadership in an existing organization.

Additionally, you will complete the Urban Science Intensive. The Intensive will place you in a multidisciplinary environment with a specific city agency and industry partner to work on a project that addresses an actual, current urban challenge in a particular domain. The project may be within larger, ongoing research efforts involving city agencies and CUSP industry partners, a self-contained effort involving agencies and corporations, or entrepreneurial in focus and content.


What Makes the Program Special?

Seven elements are at the heart of why this program is unlike any other.


Who Should Apply to the Program?

If you have an undergraduate or master’s degree in science, mathematics, or engineering, along with the aptitude and inspiration to apply your quantitative and mathematics skills to the betterment of urban life, you should consider CUSP’s MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics program.

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 an urban context.

We seek talented students who are looking for a new challenge. We intend to bring together students with diverse technical skills who want to make a difference in how people live and improve quality of life in cities.

If you have any questions about your eligibility and qualifications, please contact us.

You can also learn more about our graduate programs by attending an information session or watching our February 2017 Webinar.

Career Prospects

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. Internship, fellowship, and mentorship programs during your time in the MS program will help you shape your career goals and give you an opportunity to secure post-graduation employment.

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.