MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS) IN PROFESSIONAL STUDIES - CITY SCIENCES

Dr. Sanjay Modak Department Chair
ssmcada@rit.edu

PROGRAM MISSION

  • To develop an understanding of the underlying elements that define a smart city;

  • To equip students with the necessary tools to lead and manage the smart city of the future with a 360-degree view of the key elements of sustainability, informatics and human behavior.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This unique and innovative master's degree is the first of its kind in the region and explores what cities are, and what they can be. It goes beyond the concept of a smart city to also cover important technological, social and sustainability issues to ensure a comprehensive and holistic approach to the cities of today and tomorrow. As a world leader in smart cities and urban development, Dubai is the ideal place to study such a program and see digitalization in effect.

The graduate degree will help you build and develop efficient, sustainable and community-based cities and cultivate awareness of the interdisciplinary history of modern cities, urban economics, city development and planning theory, urban ecology, demography, and applied problem-solving and research methods.

Providing an all-encompassing view of the development of the city, the program also addresses key subjects such as water, food, waste, transport, education and energy systems, taking into account complex interactions between each of the elements. City Sciences is an emerging interdisciplinary plan of action that includes the designer, the technologist and the humanist all working together. It prepares you for smart cities that can talk, giving live status updates through networks on traffic patterns, pollution, parking, water and energy and other vital information. 

The program can be completed in as little as 16 months.

Flexible Timings: Class schedule caters to working professionals, providing intensive seminars offered in evenings at our campus in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Conduct a City Impact Assessment Utilizing Both Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

  • Develop Systems to Support Effective Governance and Responsive Citizen Engagement

  • Initiate, Analyze and Evaluate Comprehensive Urban Site Design Plans

  • Analyze and Manage Plans for Accessible Infrastructure

  • Assess the Feasibility of Smart City Data Infrastructure Networks and Technologies

  • Measure Energy and Environmental Impacts

  • Apply the Analysis of Big Data to Common Urban Problems and Service Delivery

ACCREDITATION

The program is accredited by the Ministry of Education – Higher Education Commission and is licensed by the KHDA. According to Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, RIT’s master’s degree programs are ranked among the best master’s degree programs in the United States of America.

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CURRICULUM

Indicative course sequence:

Click here to download PDF version of curriculum.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PROF - 705

Context & Trends

3

PROF - 750

Structures of City Systems

3

ARCH - 752

Urban and Regional Planning

3

ISTE - 605

Scholarship in Information Sciences & Technology

3

ISTE - 662

Infrastructure for City Sciences

3

ISTE - 661

Informatics for City Sciences

3

ARCH - 761

Understanding Sustainability

3

PROF - 751

Resource Contexts for Smart City Development

3

PUBL - 702

Decision Analysis for Smart Cities

3

PROF - 799

Digital Transformation Towards a Smart City

3

PROF - 770

Capstone Proposal Seminar

0

PROF - 775

Capstone Project

3

Total Credit Hours

33

SCHOLARSHIPS

Emirati nationals can apply for a Betha Scholarship (100%) under the ICT Fund for this program. For details: click here

To Apply for funding: click here

FEES

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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