The MUSA (Master of Urban Spatial Analytics) degree is a 9-month master’s program coupling spatial analysis skills—most notably Geographic Information Systems (GIS)—with substantive knowledge in an urban content area of the student’s choosing. These include: criminology, design, economic and community development, education, local and state government, public health, real estate, urban land use planning, social welfare, transportation, and urban demography. While there are many university programs offering certificates in GIS, Penn is the only university in the U.S. to integrate spatial analysis with multiple disciplines. The program is administered jointly by the Penn Institute for Urban Research and PennDesign. For more information on the MUSA program, please visit the MUSA page on PennDesign’s website. For more information about the program, please contact the Program Director, Ken Steif.

“Learn about MUSA”! Interviews

Learn about MUSA! with Amory Hillengas (‘14)
Amory Hillengas, GIS Analyst, City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health; MUSA Alumni


Learn about MUSA! with Ken Steif (‘10)
Ken Steif, Founder, Urban Spatial Analysis; MUSA Program Director


Learn about MUSA! with Eugene Brusilovskiy (‘10)
Eugene Brusilovskiy, Director of Data Analytics, Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion; MUSA Lecturer



Learn about MUSA! with Kyle Block (‘16)
Kyle Block, MUSA Student



Learn about MUSA! with David Karp (‘13)
David Karp, Research Coordinator, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB); MUSA Alumni

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