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.
|MUSA 5000||Statistical and Data Mining Methods for Urban Data Analysis||1|
|MUSA 5080||Public Policy Analytics||1|
|MUSA 8000||MUSA Capstone Project||1|
|or CPLN 6800||Capstone Project/Advanced Topics in GIS|
|Select three of the following:||3|
|Modeling Geographic Space|
|Land Use and Environmental Modeling|
|Geospatial Cloud Computing & Visualization|
|Geospatial Data Science in Python|
|Java Script Programming for Planners and Designers|
|Geospatial Machine Learning in Remote Sensing|
|Urban Content Requirement|
|Urban Content Requirement 1 1||1|
|Urban Content Requirement 2 1||1|
|Total Course Units||9|
Select at least two approved courses or course units in a designated urban content area. A list of approved courses is available in the City Planning Department.
- Fall Year 1 - 5 course units
- Spring Year 1 - 5 course units
- 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 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.