Rochester Institute of Technology
Master of Science in Professional Studies - City Science
WHO IS IT FOR?
This program has been created for thought-leaders who are fascinated by the fast-developing and extremely exciting area of city science and smart cities. It is particularly suited for those who are in, or who are seeking, a leadership position spearheading digital transformation in either a public or a private organization's operations and services. Our current students include senior decision makers from across the region who are helping shape the future of the cities we live in.
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 Science 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.
A maximum of nine quarter credit hours in a 45-credit hour program or 12 quarter credit hours in a 48 or more credit hour program may be awarded as transfer credit from other institutions. A written request for transfer credit must be made at the time of application for graduate student status, and will be evaluated on an individual basis by the RIT academic admissions review committee.
Students must hold, or currently be completing, a bachelor's degree, or the U.S. equivalent granted by an accredited college or university. Original transcripts must be submitted to RIT for evaluation with certified English translation of transcripts required.
Students must satisfy standard RIT requirements for academic performance, approximately a 'B' average (3.0 on a 4.0) scale in undergraduate studies.
Students must meet all appropriate undergraduate pre-requisites: Applicants to the Engineering masters programs should have an undergraduate bachelor's degree in the same discipline or area of engineering, or an area closely related to the area they wish to study. Applicants to the Networking and Systems Administration MS program should have a solid educational or employment record in networking, security and systems administration. Candidates for the MBA program must possess prerequisite knowledge and skills at the introductory course level in the following areas: algebra, probability and statistics, and basic computer literacy. Applicants to the MS Service Leadership and Innovation program should have a solid educational or employment record in any field upon admission evaluation.
Applicants must submit a resume (C.V) to demonstrate professional work experience in the desired area of study.
All applicants to the master's degree programs are required to meet the English language requirement for graduate study at RIT by completing one of the following: Submit an official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550 paper based, 213 computer based, or 79 internet based. For information on the TOEFL, visit www.ets.org Submit an official score from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam with a score of at least Band 6.5. For information on the IELTS exam, visit www.ielts.org. Students whose native language is English, or who have studied at the college or university level in the US or an English speaking country are still required to take the TOEFL or IELTS language exam due to a requirement by the Ministry of Higher Education in UAE as RIT is now accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education in UAE and is Internationally recognized. Students that do not meet RIT NY's and the UAE Ministry of Higher Education TOEFL or IELTS score requirement can enter our English Language Center prior to beginning the program