Graduate Programs

Data Analytics and Visualization (MPS)

Mine the data. Find the narrative. Tell the story.

Learn how to translate data and information into graphics, images, and interactive designs that communicate more effectively to more people. Develop design expertise and analytical abilities for a combination of skills in increasing demand.

Program Overview

Virtually everything that we interact with in our lives is driven by or generates some form of data. The dramatic increase in data is the driving force behind innovation, invention, and business efficiencies. This data explosion has resulted in the need to take raw, unorganized data and not only process it but also present it in a meaningful way so that it is insightful and actionable. From infographics and geographic representations to interactive visualizations that assist in decision-making, there’s a growing need for professionals who can present information in a format that is both easy to understand and provides value.

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) developed the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Data Analytics and Visualization program to teach professionals how to represent information and data in a visual and impactful way with the use of graphics, images, and dynamic interactive features. In this program, you will develop design expertise and analytical skills that are in increasing demand in our data-driven world. In 2017, PricewaterhouseCooper reported that over 79% of employers are experiencing difficulties finding data professionals with design/ systems thinking and creativity – skills that this program will help you grow and apply.

The Data Analytics and Visualization program is an online, cohort based graduate program where all coursework is directly related to this expanding field. Completed in just 15 months, the program allows you to earn your degree while working full time. You will explore both the design and technical aspects of information visualization while learning to create powerful, data-driven visual narratives. You will master an array of information visualization practices including employing qualitative and quantitative analysis and applying storytelling methods to data and information, and utilizing design strategies to develop a visual narrative.

Residency Overview

The program includes a unique three-day residency on MICA’s campus in Baltimore to build a network of colleagues, interact with industry professionals, and learn the most current ideas and best information visualization practices. The residency is designed to discuss emerging ideas in visualization, learn project management practices and strategies, and develop skills in applications and the production of information visualizations. This essential component of your graduate experience is not found in other programs.

What is a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree?

  • Focuses on an applied field of study

  • Develops practical skills

  • Perfect for current and aspiring professionals

  • Delivered online over just 15 months

  • Residency fosters interdisciplinary collaboration

  • Students maintain a work-life balance

Program Resources

The MICA Canvas environment is a flexible and adaptive platform so students can conveniently access content. Each faculty member holds a weekly live class delivered through Zoom web-conferencing software, whereby students can discuss topics with faculty and classmates. Lectures are recorded so students can revisit them at any time. Students also have access to MICA's web-based resources such as Adobe Creative Suite, LinkedIn Learning, MyMICA, Decker Library and Media Resources Center, and Business Source Premier, the industry's most used business research database.

Who Should Apply

This program appeals to professionals from a wide variety of fields, including business, marketing, research, journalism, and design, who want to reach their audiences using creative and engaging visual solutions. This program is for individuals with a strong interest in and enthusiasm for design, analysis, new technology, creative problem solving, and a willingness to commit to an intensive learning experience.

Featured Course

Visual Cognition & Perception

In this course, by exploring topics such as neuroscience, pattern recognition, spatial relationships, shape, and color, you will gain an understanding in ways the mind receives, acquires, processes, and stores information and data.