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This 12-credit advanced certificate program offered by the School of Information in collaboration with Pratt’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the rapidly emerging field of spatial analysis and visualization. Throughout the program, students explore and analyze spatial data, develop technical mapping skills, and learn to apply visual design principles to their research output. Pratt’s program breaks new ground in bridging mapping, data analytics, and interface development within a single certificate program.

Advanced Certificate Requirements

The program consists of four 3-credit courses within the School of Information. Students are required to complete two courses that teach spatial thinking and analysis, technical tools, and design and communications with maps. Through the two electives, students can focus on web-based interactive mapping and spatial statistics using current programming languages, or they can choose broader courses that focus on data visualization, information design, and data librarianship. Students enrolled in the Data Analytics & Visualization program are not allowed to count INFO 640, INFO 644, or INFO 658 towards this advanced certificate, since these courses are already required for their MS degree.


INFO 609 Introduction to Spatial Thinking and GIS
INFO 612 Advanced GIS


INFO 614 Interactive Web Mapping and Coding*
INFO 615 Spatial Statistics For GIS
INFO 628 Data Librarianship & Management
INFO 640 Data Analysis
INFO 658 Information Visualization*
INFO 696 Advanced Projects in Visualization
INFO 697 Special Topics (with permission of coordinator)

*These courses include INFO 654 Information Technologies as a prerequisite. The INFO 654 requirement may be waived for students with sufficient technical knowledge and/or experience; for more information please visit the Information Technologies course waiver page.

Admissions Requirements

This advanced certificate can be taken within the School of Information's existing MS in Library and Information Science and MS in Data Analytics and Visualization programs. It can also be taken as post-bachelor’s program, provided that applicants meet the same admissions standards as SI students.

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Applicants must have superior scholastic records or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level and are expected to offer evidence of maturity and leadership for the profession. All applicants must apply using the online application and upload the following top three items and submit requests for recommendations online:

  • Official transcripts of all previous postsecondary education
  • A statement of purpose describing interest in the program as well as personal goals
  • A current resume/CV
  • Request two letters of recommendation online from academic or professional sources
  • Note: Portfolios are ​not​ required

International students whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. The minimum required TOEFL score is 82 (Internet), IELTS of 6.5, and PTE score of 53. Students who are not international but whose first language is not English must submit the GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

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Certificate Coordinator
Jessie Braden

Director, Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative Lab

Questions? For admissions inquiries, please contact Graduate Admissions at 718.636.3514 or For all other inquiries, contact the School of Information at 212.647.7682 or For more information, you may also request a catalog and sign-up to attend an information session.