Graduate Certificate in Urban Informatics

The certificate requires four (4) courses for a total of 12 credits.

Urban Informatics Graduate Certificate Requirements




Course 1: Theory and Overview

PPUA 5266 Urban Theory and Science (formerly Designing Participatory Urban Infrastructures)

3 semester credits

Focuses on urban theory through the lens of infrastructural networks in the context of urban sensing and participatory technologies

Course 2: Urban Data Skills

 PPUA  5262 Big Data for Cities

3 semester credits

Investigates the city and its spatial, social and economic dynamics through the lens of data and visual analytics

Course 3: Urban Spatial Analysis

PPUA 5263 GIS for Urban Policy

3 semester credits

Provides basic spatial analytic skills and introduces students to some of the urban social scientific and policy questions that have been answered with these methods

Course 4: Choose 1, Specialized Skills

PPUA 7237 Advanced Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems

3 semester credits

Provides advanced spatial analytic skills focused on spatial statistics and building spatial analytic models




PPUA 5261 Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Investment and Policy Making

3 Semester Credit

Introduces students to the theory, methods and tools of dynamic modeling for policy and investment decision making, with special focus on environmental issues




PPUA 6966 Research Practicum

3 Semester Credits

Applied research project proposed by student. May be affiliated with a professional experience such as an internship or job placement


Every applicant to the Certificate in Urban Informatics  program must hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Applicants should complete the following materials in order to be considered for admission:

  1. Online application completed through the Apply Yourself portal
  2. Application fee – US $75.00
  3. Transcript of undergraduate degree
  4. One letter of recommendation
  5. Statement of Purpose including description of relevant work experience
  6. Complete and up-to-date résumé

International students are required to demonstrate English proficiency:
TOEFL (Target score 100)
IELTS (Target score 7.0)
Post-secondary degree earned at an accredited U.S. institution

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