Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA)
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 PennDesign offer introductory GIS and statistics courses as through the August “boot camp.”
Spatial Analysis and GIS Courses
MUSA 501 Big Data Analysis (Spatial Statistics and Data Analysis)
This course will introduce students to the calculation and use of statistical measures of spatial clustering; the use of clustering measures in regression and categorical data models; and basic techniques of data mining used to identify spatial and attribute patterns.
Examples of recent student research areas include:
- Using Raster Channelization Techniques to Build a Hyperspace Network for the Star Wars Galaxy by Henry Bernberg
- Using GIS to Support Operations in the Event of an Airport Outage by Susan Burtner
- Can GIS be used to model pedestrians in Manhattan? by Qingyu Ma (Winner of 3rd Place People's Choice Award at the 2015 ESRI Conference)
- Environmental Impact Assessment of Petroleum Spill Using GIS by Simon Suo
- Analysis of Senic Biking Route in San Francisco by Wei Ying
- Time Awareness Travel Plan Platform by Yuan Zeng
For more capstone projects and capstone posters, please visit the Capstone Projects page.
MUSA graduates present their posters at the 2015 ESRI Conference in San Diego, CA. Penn IUR and PennDesign fund students to present their work at the event each year to gain further contacts in academia and industry. Qingyu Ma (pictured second from the left) received 3rd place in the People's Choice category for the ESRI Map Gallery competition this year. They also won ESRI's first intern hackathon.
- Henry Bernberg's map was featured on the CartoDB site as "Map of the Week". View it here.
- Emily Antoszky and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation launch an interactive map displaying school report cards throughout North Carolina. Learn more here.
- Source launches new map called "Losing Ground". Explore it here.
For more news, check out the City and Regional Planning blog and see what's happening with PennDesign and MUSA Students.
To learn more about the MUSA Program, check out Penn IUR's "Learn about MUSA!" interview series, where students, alumni, and faculty share their experiences with the program.