M.Sc. Online

Information Design and Strategy

24 months
3803 USD/module
3803 USD/module
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The Northwestern University online Master of Science in Information Design and Strategy (IDS) program teaches students how to translate information and data into meaningful visual forms, narratives and interfaces.


As digital output increasingly becomes the backbone of most business strategy, there is an acute need for professionals with a better big-picture understanding of information management, design and technology. 

This interdisciplinary program prepares students to step into a cross-functional or leadership role by developing a deep and holistic understanding of today’s sophisticated digital media. The Information Design and Strategy program at Northwestern University is particularly useful for people in creative fields who want a stronger grounding in business strategy, so that they can expand their career opportunities and make a larger impact on their organizations. The strong theoretical framework of the program and its focus on fundamental concepts makes the degree applicable to many diverse fields and types of organizations — business, the arts, government, healthcare, and education, to name a few — regardless of changes in technology.

The IDS program was developed in consultation with industry leaders in this emerging field. As a part-time and completely online degree, students anywhere in the world can access a program of this caliber while maintaining their personal and professional commitments. Find out more about online learning at SPS.

Program Goals

An interdisciplinary professional program, IDS graduates will possess the knowledge, skills and aptitude to:

  • Translate complex information into compelling visual forms and narratives, particularly within digital media
  • Lead cross-functional teams to develop and implement a comprehensive media communication strategy
  • Design seamless customer experiences that support an organization’s strategy across multiple digital platforms
  • Develop innovative solutions to complex business problems by combining analytical and creative skills

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • User-Centered Design
  • Effective Communication
  • User Research
  • Information and Content Strategy
  • Data Science, Management, and Business Strategy
  • Visual Communication

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • One sealed copy of official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities
  • Two letters of recommendation focusing on academic achievement and ability
  • Statement of purpose: Applicants are required to submit a 300 to 550 word statement of purpose outlining how the degree program will help them meet their academic and professional goals. The statement of purpose can be uploaded via the online application.
  • Applicants are required to submit a resume. The resume can be uploaded via the online application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3803 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3803 USD per module during 24 months.
  • National

    3803 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3803 USD per module during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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