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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

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.

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 a strong technical or quantitative background, 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.

We seek students from all academic and professional backgrounds, from science and engineering to urban planning and policy. 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.