CUSP’s graduate programs in applied urban science and informatics leverage New York City as a living lab and the strengths of academic and industrial partnership to create a unique data-driven educational program.

With its university, industry, and agency partners, CUSP develops immersive projects for its students. The projects are of real significance, addressing actual city challenges, and producing viable solutions to improve not just New York City, but other cities in the US and around the world. Join us as we set a new and better course for urban living.

MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics

The goal of the MS in Applied Urban Science and Informatics program is to provide you with the ability to use large-scale data, from a variety of sources, to understand and address real-world challenges in the urban context.

The one-year, three-semester, 30-credit MS program provides core courses in urban science, urban informatics, and information and communication technology in cities. You will have the opportunity to select from multiple urban domains and informatics disciplines to gain breadth and depth in the application of big data analytics to urban problems.

Advanced Certificate in Applied Urban Science and Informatics

The Advanced Certificate is a 12-credit program completed over three semesters. The program enables students interested in, and capable of, focusing on the structure and development of large-scale quantitative data from diverse sources to understand urban problems and their potential solutions, particularly in operational contexts.

The Advanced Certificate program is designed for students who wish to complement previous graduate studies with applied work in urban informatics, or those with a bachelor’s degree and work experience who want to learn the capabilities of urban informatics. 


The graduate programs in educational technology at NYU connect cutting-edge research from the cognitive and learning sciences with practice in designing digital learning tools for varied contexts—K–12 schools, universities, workplaces, museums, nonprofits, and international development. Our programs are unique in their focus across broad learning contexts and in the linkage between design and research (including our studio-based learning approach). 

MS in Games for Learning

The Master of Science Program in Games for Learning (G4L) is a 36-credit program that prepares students to create, use, and evaluate digital games for the specific purpose of learning in formal and informal settings. In this program, students will learn to be game design practitioners who not only understand technical and development practices but also the social, cognitive, emotional and cultural issues involved in the design of games for the specific purpose of learning in formal and informal settings, and across the lifespan.

MA in Digital Media Design for Learning

The Master of Arts Program in Digital Media Design for Learning (DMDL) is a 36-credit program that prepares students to create, use, and evaluate media and technology for learning, from software and websites to video and mobile phone applications. The DMDL studio-based curriculum is complemented by an excellent internship program with host sites in all areas of educational technology and media.

Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Design for Learning

The Advanced Certificate in Digital Media Design for Learning (formerly Educational Communication and Technology) is a 30-credit post-master's program for individuals on a career path that requires new or advanced skills in the design and production, evaluation, and use of technology-based, multimedia learning environments. 

PhD in Educational Communication and Technology

The Ph.D. program in Educational Communication and Technology is a rigorous research-oriented doctorate that prepares scholars who study the relationship between people, technology/media, and learning in all contexts. ECT doctoral students are trained in cognitive science, the learning sciences, game studies, and design-based methodologies to conduct original research on how technology and media can support learning. 


For students who are interested in learning game programming and taking part in game development and design. Computer graphics, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and allied computational fields all play a role in this burgeoning industry. Art and engineering intersect to create innovative game environments that captivate players.

Minor in Game Engineering

The Game Engineering Minor emphasizes mastery of computer programming skills relevant to Game Engineering, combined with hands-on practice building games with others in studio-style courses, and electives drawn from NYU’s broad offerings in the games domain. Students are also expected to complete a prerequisite core curriculum in Computer Science to be well prepared for the other courses (or to demonstrate equivalent mastery). The minor consists of 15 credits.


The academic programs in Integrated Digital Media (IDM) at the School of Engineering consist of both Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees, as well as an accelerated BS/MS program, which all explore the field of digital media in a holistic way, as a spectrum of practices that range from computer programming for app development, software design, game development and interaction design to digital, 2D and 3D graphics for human-computer interfaces, augmented reality and game design to photography, film, and audio for media installations, performing arts research, and integration with various mediums. Our students are artists, engineers and entrepreneurs working in highly fluid industries that reward the creative, the thoughtful, the technical, and the innovative.

BS in Integrated Digital Media

The Bachelors of Science degree in Integrated Digital Media offers a 4-year curriculum that looks at the spectrum of digital media practices as used in creative and engineering fields.

MS in Integrated Digital Media

The Masters of Science degree in Integrated Digital Media is a 3-semester program that combines high-end production classes in media with research-grade investigation of new tools, techniques, and practices.

Accelerated BS/MS Program

The Department of Technology, Culture and Society can help motivated students utilize the School of Engineering's BS/MS program to simultaneously earn a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Integrated Digital Media in an accelerated manner.


The NYU Game Center is dedicated tot he exploration of games as a cultural form and game design as creative practice. Our approach to the study of games is based on a simple idea: games matter. We train the next generation of game designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and critics, to advance the field of games by creating a context for advanced scholarship and groundbreaking work.

BFA in Game Design

The Game Design BFA is a 4-year Bachelors of Fine Arts program. We are located inside NYU’s famous Tisch School of the Arts, and like other Tisch programs in film, dance, and theater, we look at games as a creative form of art. Students in the BFA program learn about game design, game development, and game scholarship, alongisde a rigorous study in the liberal arts, preparing them for careers as game designers, developers, scholars, and critics and other creative fields in the 21st century.

MFA in Game Design

The NYU Game Center MFA is a 2-year Master of Fine Arts degree in Game Design. Located within NYU’s famous Tisch School of the Arts, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other forms of art, media, and culture. Our students study the design and development of games in a context of advanced critical literacy, with the goal of becoming game designers and developers, artists and curators, critics and scholars.

Minor in Game Design

The Game Design minor is open to any undergraduate student at NYU and offers an intensive introduction to game design, game development and game scholarship.  The minor is a chance to add game design to your NYU education, to take courses alongside game design BFA students, and to study with world-renowned Game Center faculty.