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Information Visualization (Online MPS)

The MPS in Information Visualization trains professionals to translate data and information into graphics, images, and interactive designs that communicate more effectively to more people.  Completed in just 15 months, combining online learning with short residencies, the program allows students to study full time while maintaining their current work-life balance.

Who Should Apply

The MPS in Information Visualization is a uniquely-designed, intensive program for experienced professionals and recent graduates who have a strong interest in applying the principles and practices of design and information/data analysis to visually tell compelling stories, solve complex problems, and/or to create engaging experiences. Applicants should possess some practical knowledge and skills in art and design. Because the program is cohort-based, applicants should be prepared to commit to a continuous, 14-month learning experience.

See Also Programs of Study: Information Visualization (Online MPS)

Application Requirements and Procedures for Information Visualization (Online MPS)

Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2016: April 1, 2016

Applications received after April 1 will be considered on a rolling basis through August 1

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1. Graduate Admission Application Form: Completed and submitted online at
2. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
3. Information Visualization Statement of Intent Questions:

A. Describe your interest in the field of information visualization and how you plan to apply information visualization to your professional goals. (500 words or less)

B. List your technology skills and proficiency. Include all software with which you are proficient, including open source platforms and/or programming languages. Include a brief description of your experience with each skill/software on your list (50 words or less for each description). 

4. Three (3) Letters of Reference

References are submitted online via SlideRoom. References from individuals familiar with your professional or technical experience are preferred. 

5. Proof of Degree or Equivalent

Please submit transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended in sealed, institution-issued envelopes to the Office of Graduate Admission.

6. Portfolio and Portfolio Narrative

Portfolio samples should demonstrate the strengths of the applicant's current work, whether it is in design, analysis or another relevant field. The portfolio may include graphic design, interactive pieces, research papers or diagrams. Portfolios should include at least 3 but no more than 8 examples of an applicant's current work. If you have questions about portfolio materials, please contact Information Visualization Program Coordinator Heather Bradbury at

7. $75 Application Fee: Payable online during the submission stage at SlideRoom.
8. Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International candidates whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. Additionally, certified translations of all letters of reference, transcripts and school documentation must be provided. For additional information on international applicant requirements, please visit Information for International Graduate Applicants.