The Smart City Policy and Civic Partnerships program explores business models, technology and best practices for turning a smart city plan into reality. You will develop a practical understanding strategic and operational facets of smart and sustainable cities.

  • Learn from faculty partnering in the venture to establish Wisconsin as a global technology hub
  • Discover how the technologies of Smart Cities impact the decisions within communities


5 Courses  l   15 Credits   l  100% Online   

A smart city uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, improve 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.


  • Acquire the breadth and application of interdisciplinary knowledge supporting smart cities across new technologies, social sciences and management disciplines.
  • Develop an attitude of innovation, creativity, and curiosity demonstrated through active questioning, discussion, and the acceptance of new ideas.
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of partnerships for smart city initiatives
  • Understand the conceptual framework for the formation and management of P3 
  • 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.

Program ineligible for international F-1 or J-1 visa holders. (J-1’s are for short-term exchange students and F-1’s are for degree seeking students.) International students are welcome to enroll in this program from home.

Course Information

REQUIRED COURSES  | 15 credits

Smart Cities and Communities  |  MAPS 640  |  3 cr

Smart Policy-Making  |  MAPS 741  |  3 cr

Public Private Partnerships  |  MAPS 742  |  3 cr

Civic Technology  |  MAPS 743  |  3 cr

Human Machine Interface  |  MAPS 744  |  3 cr


Smart Cities and Communities   |  MAPS 640  
Explore how advances in information communication technologies affect the built environment at various scales to understand the role of multiple actors working at the intersection of technology and urbanism, and to determine the impact on community growth and resilience.       

Smart Policy-Making  |  MAPS 741
Delves into identifying and building new smart skills that are most effective in policymaking, and policy implementation to create urban environments more livable, equitable, and efficient.                        

Public Private Partnerships  |  MAPS 742
Examines how governments are partnering with for-profit and non-profit organizations, shaping public policy, redefining traditional methods of public administration, and solving some of the world's most intractable problems at the same time.                 

Civic Technology  |  MAPS 743
Explores technology that enables greater participation in government or otherwise assists government in delivering citizen services and strengthening ties with the public.                                            

Human Machine Interface  |  MAPS 744
in depth study of how humans and machines effectively enter in decision making processes by aligning values, ethics, and shared cognition and how the design of interfaces impact social and cultural factors.      


MAPS 640: Smart Cities and Communities

MAPS 743: Civic Technology

MAPS 640: Smart Cities and Communities

MAPS 741: Smart Policy-Making

MAPS 742: Public Private Partnerships

MAPS 744: Human Machine Interface


Denise Olstinske  |  262-595-2162  |


University of Wisconsin System Member
The Higher Learning Commission
Carnegie Foundation, Elective Community Engagement Classification
UW Vets - Veterans Education & Transition to Success
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