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Data Visualization, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The Master of Science in Data Visualization at Parsons School of Design - The New School will acquaint you with the AMT community and explore our blog to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world.

Theory and practice

Housed within Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and Technology, the MS Data Visualization program offered by The New School can be completed in one or two years. The 30-credit curriculum integrates theory and studio practice, so students acquire the creative, quantitative, and coding tools needed to analyze and depict data, gaining a holistic understanding of context, audience, and objectives. With the MS in Data Visualization, students obtain the diverse skill set needed for success in a range of careers related to data interpretation. Students graduate with portfolios demonstrating their ability to create databases and Web-based software tools that reflect an understanding of data analysis and information visualization for varied applications.

Opportunities with local industry

The program’s setting in New York City, a technological hub and pioneer of open-source culture, offers invaluable industry access. Students intern with industry leaders and external partners from the government, nonprofit, and commercial sectors. Faculty invite guest lecturers and critics to share their insights and expose students to new possibilities in data visualization and related career paths.

Programme Structure


The Master of Science degree is awarded for completion of 30 credits. Transfer credits are not accepted. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.

This degree program may be completed in one year or two years. The one-year curriculum requires full-time enrollment. Domestic students can enroll part-time to finish the curriculum in two years; international students pursuing the two-year curriculum must take additional coursework to maintain their status abroad.



  • Data Visualization and Information Aesthetics
  • Major Studio 1
  • Data Structures
  • Quantitative Methods


  • Advanced Topics in Research Methods/Social Science
  • Major Studio 2
  • Ethical and Critical Perspectives
  • Elective, guided project, or internship



  • Data Visualization and Information Aesthetics
  • Quantitative Methods


  • Major Studio 1
  • Ethical and Critical Perspectives


  • Data Structures
  • Advanced Topics in Research Methods/Social Science


  • Major Studio 2
  • Elective, guided project, or internship

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Required application materials
  • Application Form: Complete the online application. All applicants are required to apply online.
  • Application Fee: A nonrefundable $50 application fee paid as part of the online application. A $10 SlideRoom fee is also required.
  • Transcripts
  • Résumé: Submit a brief résumé/curriculum vitae summarizing your academic qualifications, relevant work experience, volunteer/community work, travel, exhibitions, public speaking, or any other relevant experiences as they may relate to your field of study, including dates and positions held. Please also note any special language or computer skills that you have.
  • Statement of Interest and Intentions: Please outline your reasons for applying to this program. In what ways will you contribute to the subject matter of the program? You should include a thoughtful description of your background, tentative plan of study or area of inquiry in the field as you now envision it, your professional goals, and an explanation of how this graduate program will help you realize those goals. If you have not been enrolled as a student in the past five years, please address anticipated opportunities and challenges in pursuing the degree and future career expectations upon completion of the program. The statement of interest must be submitted online with the application. (500-1000 word limit)
  • Recommendation Letters: You are required to submit two letters of recommendation from faculty or people with whom you have worked professionally. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete the personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
  • Portfolio, Programming Sample, and/or Writing Sample: Data Visualization is a multidisciplinary practice that incorporates design, statistics and research, computer science and technology, and related fields. Applicants are expected to demonstrate professional and/or academic strength in one or possibly two of these areas, but applicants should not feel compelled to try and demonstrate strength in all three areas. Submit at least one or more of the following:
    Portfolio: You can submit a visual portfolio to support your application, either by submitting a URL with the online application or by using SlideRoom. SlideRoomsubmissions can contain up to 20 visual items; URL submissions should be similarly curated. Submission of a visual portfolio is optional, and the items should reflect your motivation for study in the program. Sample visuals may include digital work that best demonstrates your skills from previous educational and/or professional experience; sketches and conceptual work can also be included. If you do not have prior training, you can demonstrate your aptitude by submitting examples of freehand drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, graphic design, three-dimensional work, product design, digital media, or other materials. Time-based works such as film, video, performance, installation, and sound are also accepted. URL submissions should be included with the online application.
    Programming Sample: You can submit your GitHub account name and up to three URLs for public GitHub repositories that you maintain to showcase your programming abilities. Please submit a document that contains your GitHub information (or any alternative repository or revision control system) to be uploaded with your online application.
    Academic Writing Sample: The writing sample can be an academic paper, professional report, blog entry, nonfiction essay, or combination of writing samples that you feel reflect your strengths for the program. Please submit a single document no longer than 20 pages in length. Please note that this must be uploaded with your online application.
  • Test Scores:GRE (Optional): Although it is not required, if you took the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and general tests (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing), scores can be submitted to support your application. GRE scores should be sent electronically. The institution code is 2638.
    TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE: All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IBT) is 92, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 63. Our TOEFL institution code is 2638.
    A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is not required for applicants
    • Whose primary language is English
    • Who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction
    Upon review of your application, the Office of Admission reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.
    Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the codes listed above. We accept scores from the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.
    Applicants also have the option of enrolling in The New School's English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students must pass Level 6 in order to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement. Visit the ESL website for more information.
  • Interviews: Finalists being considered for admission to the program may be required to schedule a telephone interview, videoconference, or in-person interview.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      1620 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1620 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
    • National Applies to you

      1620 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1620 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for New York City

    • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    Applicants for graduate school who are seeking financial aid should notify their prospective academic department early in the application process. Graduate students are automatically considered for university merit-based scholarships and fellowships as part of the admission process. Note however: For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, limited scholarship funds are usually combined with government supported grants and loans in a financial aid package, so applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    Graduate students are notified of their scholarship awards soon after their admission in a letter from either their academic program or Student Financial Services.

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