Your City. Your Lab.


New York City's Leading Graduate Program in Urban Informatics

Unlock the Potential in Big Data

Graduate programs at NYU CUSP offer a unique, interdisciplinary, and cutting-edge approach that links data science, statistics and analytics, and mathematics with complex urban systems, urban management, and policy. Our programs expose students to the inner workings of city agencies and create opportunities to challenge themselves through immersive, hands-on data projects. The curriculum emphasizes developing necessary technical skills and critical problem solving frameworks. We also provide research opportunities and real-world experiences through internships and practicums that enable students to be successful in a wide range of career trajectories.

Our rigorous programs are designed to prepare you for a rewarding and fulfilling career in Urban Informatics, developing the technical and problem-solving skills to effectively use data for social good. Students are immersed in every aspect of this exciting, multidisciplinary field, both in the classroom and through hands-on learning opportunities in research, internships, and interactions with faculty and NYU CUSP industry partners.

In CUSP’s graduate programs, you will learn the principles of Urban Informatics, including how to:

Identify and assess urban problems in domains such as transit, utilities, and health.

Evaluate data needs and sources.

Collect and manipulate large-scale datasets.

Cultivate analytical approaches to problem-solving in real-world situations.

Are you ready to revolutionize the way we plan, run, and improve cities? Explore our graduate programs:

Master of Science

The MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics program will 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. The 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.

Online Advanced Certificate

Our NEW Online Advanced Certificate is a 12-credit program that can be taken from anywhere and built around your busy schedule. Through online synchronous classes and support videos and materials, you will examine complex urban issues and contribute practical solutions- from data collection and analysis to decision making in city governments – for challenges facing growing cities worldwide. Our expert faculty members will teach you how to use and apply data for social good.

Doctoral Track

The doctoral track is specifically designed for students enrolled in a doctoral degree at NYU Tandon who want to specialize in urban science through a cohesive array of in-class and experiential learning activities. To participate in the track, students must be enrolled in one of the doctoral degree programs listed on the Doctoral Track page. Once admitted to the track, students may begin enrolling in CUSP elective courses and the Urban Science Colloquium. Applications for the Spring 2023 cohort are now closed.