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What will I learn?

The certificate in Urban Computing certificate trains students in the latest methods in analyzing massive datasets to study key issues concerning urban populations. This is a specialized certificate that accompanies either the Masters or Ph.D. you will complete in your field through other coursework.

Program Details

  • Learn to model cities, develop large-scale statistical models, and use data mining and visualization technologies to pose and answer questions.
  • Work in blended project teams with people from a variety of disciplines.
  • Participate in ongoing projects at partnering departments and research institutes.
  • Compete in big data analytics challenges and other hands-on activities.

The curriculum emphasizes ethical and societal issues for practicing responsible data science. It teaches data science theory through applied topics such as public health, sustainable use of limited energy resources, emergency preparedness, and societal stability — issues that will become more critical as the world becomes increasingly urbanized and better connected.

The Urban Computing program takes advantage of the National Capital Region’s living laboratory model to explore collaborations with regional industries, local city governments, and local health departments through internships, practicums, data challenges, and hackathons.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$14,207.50 per year
USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected September 2022

Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,

BLACKSBURG,

Virginia,

24061, United States

Full Time (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,208.00 per year
USD $15,208 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected September 2022

Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

National Capital Region - Arlington Campus

900 North Glebe Road,

ARLINGTON,

Virginia,

22203, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Regular Admission to a graduate degree is open to an applicant whose grade point average (GPA) meets or exceeds the 3.00 required by the Graduate School for the last half of the credits earned for the undergraduate (bachelors) degree, and whose academic background meets the requirements of the admitting academic unit. A graduate degree, or at least 12 credits of graduate coursework taken post-baccalaureate, while in graduate status, will supersede the undergraduate record in evaluating credentials for admission.

For international students

Degree-seeking applicants: The Graduate School requires completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better for admission to Certificate Status.

Non-degree seeking applicants:

GPA of 3.0 for admission for the last half of the credits earned for the undergraduate (bachelors) degree.

International applicants must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based (PBT) or 80 internet-based test (iBT) is required for consideration of the application. On the iBT, subscores of at least 20 on each subtest (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) are required for admission. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: April 1; Spring: September 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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