MS in Urban Informatics
Big Data in Boston and Beyond
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 who can navigate the technical and conceptual challenges presented by the city. The Boston-based School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University effectively trains leaders in both understanding and harnessing big data in urban landscapes.
Only a handful of U.S. universities currently offer degrees in the emerging field of Urban Informatics. Even among these few, Northeastern University’s program stands out for:
- Its leading faculty who have contributed to the tools and ideas that form the basis of Urban Informatics;
- The interdisciplinary integration of analytic skills with over a century of deep knowledge on urban policy and theory;
- Unique experiential opportunities, thanks to the Boston Area Research Initiative and other centers at the School, that treat greater Boston as a classroom where students can observe and study real-world problems in conjunction with local agencies, companies, and nonprofits.
All told, these advantages enable students to develop a broad knowledge base and rich professional network. Given the continuous growth in urban data and technology, our students are critical to shaping the future of cities around the globe.