The Urban Information Systems is open to all PhD candidates in the Department. Applications are made to the Department. For information on admissions and financial aid and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Admissions page.
The UIS educational program is aimed at students who want to be part of a new breed of IT-savvy planners taking up the challenge of integrating information-rich planning with tomorrow's planning needs. These professionals and researchers are comfortable with IT while retaining the imagination and insight needed to harness knowledge-based tools for use in the fluid and multi-faceted world of urban and regional planning. They see their career goals as developing and implementing information systems that aid planners and policy makers, while enhancing our understanding of urban and regional planning processes.
At the Masters level, we aim to give students a sufficient understanding of technology, information management and modeling so that they can use these new resources wisely; be articulate and persuasive in promoting and influencing their designs; and be imaginative in constructing information-based decision processes and public participation mechanisms.