The DAV program consists of 36 credits (12 three-credit classes): six required courses and six electives (including at least one course from another department at Pratt), which must be completed with a B average or better. The program is designed to be completed in two years (three courses per semester) or three years (two courses per semester). Summer courses may reduce this time. Please note that international students must be enrolled full-time (3 courses, 9 credits per semester). Courses are offered at 11:30 AM, 3 PM, and 6:30 PM.

To find course descriptions and faculty for each course, type in the course number on our Course Search page. For example: INFO-601.


Foundation (1 course, 3 credits)

INFO-601 Foundations of Information

DAV Core (5 courses, 15 credits)

INFO-640 Data Analysis
INFO-644 Usability Theory & Practice
INFO-658 Information Visualization
INFO-664 Programming for Cultural Heritage
INFO-696 Advanced Projects in Visualization


Institute-wide Elective (1–2 courses, max 6 credits)

Pratt Institute graduate-level courses (requires permission of school administration). Recommended departments include Digital Arts, Graduate Center for Planning, Graduate Communications Design, Humanities and Media Studies, and Social Science and Cultural Studies.

Electives (4–5 courses, 12–15 credits)

INFO-608 Human Information Interaction
INFO-609 Introduction to Spatial Thinking and GIS
INFO-612 Advanced GIS
INFO-613 Government Information: Users, Sources & Democracy
INFO-614 Interactive Web Mapping and Coding
INFO-615 Spatial Statistics for GIS
INFO-619 Information and Human Rights
INFO-628 Data Librarianship & Management
INFO-630 Research Design & Methods
INFO-637 Programming User Interfaces
INFO-638 Web Development
INFO-639 Database Design & Development
INFO-641 Visual Communication & Information Design
INFO-643 Information Architecture & Interaction Design
INFO-645 Advanced Usability & UX Evaluation
INFO-646 Digital Product Design
INFO-648 Mobile Interaction Design
INFO-649 Practical Ethnography for User Experience
INFO-650 Speculative Design
INFO-654 Information Technologies
INFO-656 Machine Learning
INFO-657 Digital Humanities
INFO-659 Advanced Projects in Digital Humanities
INFO-680 Instructional Technologies
INFO-682 Projects in Information Experience Design
INFO-685 Digital Analytics: Web, Mobile and Social Media
INFO-697 Special Topics 
INFO-698 Practicum/Seminar

Please note a listing of technologies covered in each course is available.


Throughout the DAV program, students will create a digital portfolio to highlight the work they have completed and demonstrate they have met the program’s five student learning outcomes (SLOs):

  1. Research—Students can develop complex questions surrounding data and select and apply appropriate methods to answer them.
  2. Communication—Students can formulate reasonable interpretations of data and share them effectively through visual and narrative means.
  3. Technology—Students can choose and employ appropriate tools for data collection, storage, manipulation, analysis, visualization, dissemination, and preservation, as relevant to goals, tasks, and users.
  4. User-Centered Design—Students can identify relevant users and develop intuitive, meaningful, and engaging experiences for them.
  5. Critical Perspectives—Students understand the broad impact of data on society and can raise critical questions about data, its interpretation, and visualization, and the methods by which these are produced.

Additional information is available on the MS DAV portfolio page


The degree can be completed while earning any of the following advanced certificates:

If you intend to complete an advanced certificate, once enrolled in the program please submit the Certificate Declaration Form at your earliest convenience.