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  • The master’s in Data Visualization at Parsons is a multidisciplinary degree that brings together visual design, computer science, statistical analysis, and ethical considerations of data representation. The program responds to the increased demand for experts who can turn data into insight. You learn to understand and develop the ways in which the presentation of data shapes opinion, policy, and decision making in today’s information economy.

    Program Highlights

    • Theory and Practice

      Gain the conceptual, creative, quantitative, and coding skills needed to analyze and depict data, developing a holistic understanding of context, audience, and objectives.

    • Art Meets Science

      Combine artistic thinking with the ability to create databases and software tools that reflect an understanding of data analysis and information visualization.

    • NYC Innovation Economy

      Be part of New York City’s growing tech ecosystem, with opportunities to intern with industry leaders and external partners in the public, nonprofit, and commercial sectors.

    • Creative Collaboration

      Collaborate across disciplines with artists, designers, quantitative scholars, and researchers at Parsons and The New School.

    • Remarkable Thesis Projects

      Demonstrate your thesis project the annual keynote presentation event — explore the final presentations of the Class of 2022, 2021, 2020.

    • Diverse Student Community

      Join a program in which 51 percent of students identify as women; 40 percent identify as Black, Latinx, or Asian; and 50 percent are international (self-reported data, 2016–2019).

    • Degree Master of Science (MS)
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus
    • Credits 30
    • Duration 1 year (full-time)
    • Other program status STEM-designated
  • Curriculum

    The curriculum integrates theory and studio practice and provides students with a competitive edge as they enter the field of data visualization. The program may be completed in one year (full time) or two years (part time).

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  • Career Paths

    Graduates find success in applying their skill set in design, data analysis, and computing in a wide variety of fields such as advertising and branding; journalism; business consulting and analytics strategy; management; strategic planning; entrepreneurship; social enterprise; public policy; trend forecasting, and business intelligence.

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    Discover what our students, alumni, and faculty are doing in NYC and worldwide.


  • Student Work

  • Parsons faculty represent a broad range of expertise and are acknowledged as leading practitioners and scholars in their fields. Faculty also invite guest lecturers and critics to share their insights and expose students to new possibilities in data visualization and related career paths.

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      Research is integral to the Parsons learning experience, and students and faculty work together to challenge existing paradigms and advance emerging scholarship and practice. Explore the thematic research laboratories housed at Parsons and throughout The New School.

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      Industry Engagement

      Connect to the organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs driving global creativity and commerce. In classes, internships, and extracurricular projects, you gain marketable problem-solving skills in sectors ranging from government and nonprofits to tech and creative industries.

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      New York City’s thriving creative industry and cultural institutions are part of your Parsons education. Our Career Services Office is enmeshed in the art and design industries and can help you advance your career with industry-oriented internships. 

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      Funded Opportunities

      Funds are earmarked for graduate travel, research, and work to support your study. Opportunities include paid teaching assistantships, research fellowships and assistantships (including ones offered throughout The New School), ample student employment, and other grants available to U.S. domestic and international students alike.

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      Making & Academic Resources

      Enjoy access to extensive resources including New School libraries, computer labs, archives, and studios, along with Parsons’ state-of-the-art Making Center, facilities offering a broad array of tools to support your creative and academic growth.

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