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What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Urban Informatics is training a new generation of experts who can navigate the technical and socioeconomic landscape on which life in the city unfolds. With classes on campus and online, the program couples comprehensive data analytics skills with an understanding of the big questions faced by cities in the 21st century. Only a handful of U.S. universities currently offer degrees in urban informatics. Northeastern’s interdisciplinary curriculum, leading faculty, experiential opportunities, and its prime location at the heart of Boston set the university apart from other institutions.

Digital data and technology are rapidly transforming the modern city. Across the world, cities have embraced Big Data—statistical modeling and visualization, mapping and spatial analysis, and the implementation of apps and sensor systems to track, understand, and improve urban life. This shift, which has included policymakers, practitioners, and private corporations alike, calls for a new generation of experts—professionals who can navigate the technical and conceptual challenges presented by the city and future city planning.

This cutting-edge, STEM-eligible program is built upon a unique cross-college initiative. It 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 in cities and urban areas.

You’ll be a part of the next wave of urban professionals ready to lead in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Given the continuous growth in urban data and technology, you’ll be essential to shaping the future of urban areas around the globe.

Which department am I in?

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
USD $1,250 per credit hour

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

Application deadline

1 October 2022

Start date

9 January 2023

Venue

Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue,

BOSTON,

Massachusetts,

02115, United States

Online/Distance with attendance (1 year)

Tuition fees
USD $1,250 per credit hour

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

Application deadline

1 October 2022

Start date

9 January 2023

Venue

Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue,

BOSTON,

Massachusetts,

02115, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prior to beginning a graduate program at Northeastern, students must have: Received a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university; Received a master’s degree or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; Received a first professional or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; or, Been accepted into an approved bachelors-to-graduate-degree program at an accredited college or university. Minimum Score Requirement: TOEFL: 79 overall (internet-based), IELTS: 6.5. overall.

For international students

Prior to beginning a graduate program at Northeastern, students must have: Received a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university; Received a master’s degree or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; Received a first professional or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; or, Been accepted into an approved bachelors-to-graduate-degree program at an accredited college or university.

English proficiency: Target score 100 TOEFL iBT (or 7.0 IELTS or PTE equivalent)

Application deadline for Fall is Jun/15 and for spring is Oct 01.

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

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About Northeastern University

Students gain more than a degree at Northeastern University; they graduate with real-world experience that fuels life-long success.

  • #49 National university (U.S. News 2021)
  • #1 Best co-op & internships (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)
  • Top 5 in U.S. for careers services (Princeton Review, 2021)
  • Tier-one research university

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