The Master of Science in Data Analytics and Visualization (DAV) program addresses the growing need for analysts, researchers, developers, designers, mapmakers, usability experts, and other data professionals. Drawing on the School of Information’s strengths in information science and human-computer interaction, the program prepares students for work across the full life cycle of data, from data acquisition, manipulation, and storage to statistical analysis and interpretation, and dissemination of data artifacts through visual and narrative means.
The DAV program creates well-rounded data professionals who have strong statistical and technology skills combined with strengths in research, communication, and design, allowing them to ask sophisticated research questions around data, convey information effectively in visual and narrative means, and design intuitive, meaningful, and engaging experiences of data. Students learn to effectively use tools such as Python, R, D3, Tableau, and GIS applications, as well as discuss critical and ethical implications of data.
The DAV program is designed for people from any background; no previous coding or design experience is required. For international students, please note that the DAV program is designated as a STEM program by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and thus qualifies for the STEM optional practical training (OPT) extension for F-1 students.
What will you do?
Recent job titles obtained by program graduates include:
Chief Product Officer
Data & Analytics Designer
Data Visualization Analyst
Data Visualization Designer
Data Visualization Associate
Data Science Fellow
Qualitative User Insights Researcher
User Experience Researcher
Where will you work?
A selection of organizations where these graduates work:
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:
Research – Students can develop complex questions surrounding data and select and apply appropriate methods to answer them.
Communication – Students can formulate reasonable interpretations of data and share them effectively through visual and narrative means.
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.
User-Centered Design – Students can identify relevant users and develop intuitive, meaningful, and engaging experiences for them.
Critical Perspectives – Students understand issues of power and data, and ask critical questions around access, interpretation, representation, and impacts on people and the environment.
School of Information courses are small (average class size is 12 students) and are held at 11:30 AM, 3 PM, and 6:30 PM, with the evening session offering the most options to help accommodate students who are working during the day. 80-90% of courses are held in person at Pratt Manhattan Center, and 10-20% are held online. Select required courses in the DAV program include:
INFO 640 Data Analysis This course introduces statistical and linguistic data analysis techniques that are foundational for all information-centric fields, and prepares students to ask the right questions, make inferences and present the results. Students use tools such as R or SPSS to analyze data.
INFO 696Advanced Projects in Visualization Over the course of the semester, students will become familiar with relevant programming languages and apply them to produce an interactive, web-based visualization project.
If you intend to complete an advanced certificate, once enrolled in the program, please submit the Certificate Declaration form at your earliest convenience.
Our faculty comprises full-time faculty, who are researchers and scholars holding doctoral degrees, and our part-time faculty, who are accomplished professionals holding a range of roles in New York City institutions and companies. Full-time faculty members act as advisors to students, help connect career goals with the program curriculum, and teach over half of the courses.
All applicants are considered for merit scholarships during review of applications; a separate scholarship application is not required. Scholarships are significant and can cover up to 80% of the cost of tuition. For students in good academic standing (i.e., if the student maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA), merit scholarships are automatically renewed for the second year of study.
Support for research-based scholarly and/or creative projects that enhance students’ professional development—individually or through small student teams—are available through the Graduate Student Engagement Fund (GSEF).
The School of Information has five student groups that enrich the academic experience by organizing guest lectures, workshops, tours, site visits, and other events that will help deepen and expand your professional network. DAV students are leaders and participants in ASIS&T@Pratt, the student chapter of the Association of Information Science & Technology, and UXPA@Pratt, the student chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association, as well as other groups. Students can also form new organizations through Pratt’s Office of Student Involvement.
DAV students also participate in School of Information activities, such as the annual showcase of student work (Infoshow).
Located at the crossroads of the Greenwich Village and Chelsea neighborhoods, our home at Pratt Manhattan Center offers an excellent environment that provides easy access to all that New York City has to offer. Our specialized facilities facilitate our hands-on curriculum: from usability eye-tracking studies to archival reformatting projects and beyond.
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Hello! We present to you the A.E.I.O.YOU toolkit for ethics in technology and design practice.
The A.E.I.O.YOU toolkit provides technology practitioners with reflective tools to learn about their ethical awareness, responsibility, and trajectory from the perspectives of Artifacts (methods or designs created), Ecology (your company or team), Interactions (with other roles), Other Practitioners, and YOU (as individual practitioners). The vowels in the A.E.I.O.YOU toolkit describe flavors that evoke and surface various kinds of support needed by technology and design practitioners to investigate. You can interact with these toolkits on the website: https://shruthichivukula.com/aeiou-toolkit through printed materials or #miro boards. Link available in our bio.
If you/ your team are a group of UX Designers/ Researchers, Software Engineers, Product Managers, Data Scientists, Hardware Engineers interested in reflecting on ethical positions, responsibilities, dilemmas, and include ethics in your everyday work, this toolkit is for you.
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