Graduate Certificate Programs


Graduate Certificates:
Smart City Policy and Civic Partnerships

Smart City Policy and Civic Partnerships

College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
Center for Professional Studies

Requirements for the Smart City Policy and Civic Partnerships Certificate (15 credits)

The Smart City Policy and Management program explores business models, technology and best practices for turning a smart city plan into reality. A smart city uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare. The challenge to the public sector is to ensure that the needs of the new development surge can be met and supported, and ensuring that local residents are able to participate in, and benefit from, the new economy. Areas of regional and community needs that will be explored include transportation planning, infrastructure, education, security, politics, health/welfare, economy, and the environment. This is a pivotal point for industry and communities, one that presents a qualitative change in how urban environments are created and sustained.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire the breadth and application of interdisciplinary knowledge supporting smart cities across new technologies, social sciences and management disciplines.
  2. Develop an attitude of innovation, creativity, and curiosity demonstrated through active questioning, discussion, and the acceptance of new ideas.
  3. Understand the benefits and challenges of partnerships for smart city initiatives.
  4. Understand the conceptual framework for the formation and management of P3.
  5. Develop a holistic and system-level perspective on smart sustainable cities that takes an integrative approach towards complex problems leveraging Big Data analytics and strategies related to planning, and public policy.
  6. Access, use, and manage information towards identifying and solving public challenges.
  7. Practice collaborative skills and decentralized (parallel) decision making.

Required Courses (15 credits)

MAPS 640 Smart Cities and Communities 3 cr
MAPS 741 Smart Policy-Making 3 cr
MAPS 742 Public Private Partnerships 3 cr
MAPS 743 Civic Technology 3 cr
MAPS 744 Human Machine Interface 3 cr
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