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

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 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. 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
  • The ability to utilize large-scale data to better understand city functions
  • 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
  • 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



Master of Science
in Applied Urban Science & Informatics


30 Credits
Fall Semester Start


1 Year Full-Time or
2 Years Part-Time


Discipline Specialization

Select an informatics discipline that will guide your applied work in the program. Discipline specializations are targeted at building skills for data acquisition and management, integration, and analysis in a number of subfields.

Domain Specialization

Choose to specialize in one urban domain (transportation and mobility; buildings and the built environment; public health, security, and emergency response; or environmental sustainability) that will serve as the basis for your capstone project.

CUSP Research

You’ll be in close contact with CUSP researchers who are collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data in order to improve both New York City and other cities around the globe.

City Challenge Program

A week-long cohort-building program and immersion in the dynamics of New York City agencies, city operations, and the CUSP intellectual community.

The Urban Science Intensive

An experiential, two-semester capstone project in which you’ll work as part of a multidisciplinary team to solve a real-world urban problem faced by a city agency or industry partner.

CUSP Partnerships

CUSP is an extraordinary consortium of leading institutions of higher learning, leaders in the tech industry, and leaders in public service. You'll have unprecedented access to mentors, projects, and faculty from our partners.


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.

In addition to a strong academic record and test scores, successful applicants typically have an undergraduate or masters degree in science, mathematics, engineering, or in the social sciences, along with the aptitude and inspiration to apply quantitative and mathematics skills to the betterment of urban life. In the past, we have also had competitive applicants who have obtained these skills through online courses or work experience.

We are looking for people from ALL disciplines who would like to apply their quantitative skills to pressing social issues. We recommend that applicants have some familiarity with:

  • Single-variable calculus
  • Basic programming (Python and R)
  • Statistics and probability
  • Geographic information systems and spatial analytics
  • Basic computer science

For a full list of admission requirements, please click here.

Students who are lacking the Applied Urban Science and Informatics skills required to apply are encouraged to apply for the NYU Tandon Bridge course. Current Bridge students and alumni can apply for a Master’s by the relevant deadline.