Urban Spatial Analytics, MUSA

The for-profit sector has embraced data and analytics as a means to increase efficiency and grow the bottom line. The government and non-profit sectors are next in line. The Master of Urban Spatial Analytics is a one year graduate program that teaches students how to use spatial analysis and data science to address the most pressing public policy and city planning conundrums of our day. We are teaching the next generation of civic technologists. The one-year MUSA program combines coursework on GIS, spatial analysis, data science, statistics, R and python programming, data visualization and web-based mapping with world-class urban content coursework from across the University of Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Weitzman School of Design and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

Students enrolling in the MUSA program are expected to have a basic familiarity with GIS (including ESRI's ArcGIS or ArcView programs) and descriptive/inferential statistics. For those who lack such background, MUSA and the Weitzman School of Design offer introductory GIS courses during the summer, two weeks prior to the start of the the fall term.


A total of 9 course units are required for graduation.

Required Courses
LARP 743Geospatial Software Design1
MUSA 500Spatial Statistics and Data Analysis1
MUSA 5071
MUSA Electives
Select two of the following:2
Land Use and Environmental Modeling
Introduction to Spatial Analysis
Modeling Geographic Space
MUSA 505
Java Script Programming for Planners and Designers
Urban Content Requirement
Urban Content Requirement 1 11
Urban Content Requirement 2 11
General Elective
MUSA Capstone
LARP 745Advanced Topics in GIS1
or MUSA 800 MUSA Capstone Project
Total Course Units9

Course Sequence

Full-Time: 2 terms / 9 months
  • Fall Year 1 - 5 course units
  • Spring Year 1 - 5 course units
Part-time: 4 terms / 18 months
  • Fall Year 1 - 3 course units
  • Spring Year 1 - 3 course units
  • Fall Year 2 - 2 course units
  • Spring Year 2 - 1 course unit / capstone

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.