M.S. in Urban Informatics

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The proliferation of spatial analysis, data mining, modeling, and visualization in virtually all parts of policy analysis and decision making calls for a new generation of experts who can navigate the technical and socioeconomic landscape on which life in the city unfolds.

Only a handful of U.S. universities currently offer degrees in Urban Informatics, a pioneering field in its early stages. Northeastern’s interdisciplinary curriculum, leading faculty, experiential opportunities, and its prime location at the heart of Boston set the university apart from other institutions. Our students find themselves in very diverse classes with peers from other programs and from around the world. Together, they develop a broad knowledge base and rich network while collectively working on projects and gaining valuable real-world problem solving skills.

Given the continuous growth in urban data and technology, our students are essential to shaping the future of cities around the globe.

Using data to understand how cities work

The M.S. in Urban Informatics (MSUI) couples comprehensive data analytics skills with an understanding of the big questions faced by cities in the 21st Century. This cutting-edge program is built upon a unique cross-college initiative, which offers comprehensive state-of-the-art training in the core skills of data analytics—including quantitative analysis, data mining, machine learning, and data visualization. Urban Informatics students supplement training in these foundational skills with a specialized sequence of courses that address how data and technology are being used to tackle key social, infrastructural, and environmental challenges.



By combining a theoretically informed perspective of cities with advanced skills in accessing, managing, analyzing, and communicating insights from large complex, data sets, graduates will be a part of the next wave of urban professionals ready to lead in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

With classes on campus and online, this program provides a uniquely integrated urban informatics degree with a substantial experiential education component. The focus throughout is on practical application and students have multiple opportunities to apply what they are learning.