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Professional Studies - City Science

16 months
26716 USD/year
26716 USD/year
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The Professional Studies - City Science program of RIT Dubai 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 Professional Studies - City Science program of RIT Dubai 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct a City Impact Assessment Utilizing Both Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
  • Develop Systems to Support Effective Governance and Responsive Citizen Engagement
  • Initiate, Analyze and Evaluate Comprehensive Urban Site Design Plans
  • Analyze and Manage Plans for Accessible Infrastructure
  • Assess the Feasibility of Smart City Data Infrastructure Networks and Technologies
  • Measure Energy and Environmental Impacts
  • Apply the Analysis of Big Data to Common Urban Problems and Service Delivery

Programme Structure

Courses include:

    • Context & Trends

    • Structures of City Systems

    • Urban and Regional Planning

    • Scholarship in Information Sciences & Technology

    • Infrastructure for City Sciences

    • Informatics for City Sciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 16 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.
  • Resume of work experience (curriculum vitae).
  • Official, original academic transcripts in native language.
  • Official, certified English translation (where necessary).
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • Passport copy and Emirates ID (if in the UAE).
  • Personal Statement Please write a personal statement describing your educational objectives. Your essay statement should be approximately 500 words in an essay format in a word document.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26716 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35622 USD for the full programme during 16 months.
  • National

    26716 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35622 USD for the full programme during 16 months.
  • National & international: 130,020 AED per full programme

Living costs for Dubai

5300 - 9200 AED /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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