Launch a successful career in data visualization and information design.

Transition into a role as a design researcher, data visualization expert, and more.

Graduate Programs in Information Design & Data Visualization

The graduate programs in Information Design and Data Visualization at Northeastern University’s campus in Boston, MA and Vancouver, Canada, are designed to train students in design principles, critical inquiry, and the analytical and creative practices needed to assume leadership roles in an evolving interdisciplinary field. Coursework focuses on the translation of data and information into visual languages, and the integration of theoretical, cognitive, and technical aspects of visualizations that engage a broad range of audiences.

Past graduates have found success in a wide range of careers in the technology and design fields, including:

  • UX designer at Google AI, Research, and Machine Intelligence
  • Designer at Microsoft
  • Data designer at the BBC
  • Graphics reporter at The Wall Street Journal
  • Data visualization designer at Draper
  • Data experience designer at Capital One

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“The unique thing is that we are a part of a research university with so many opportunities for partnerships, there’s a lot of willingness and people are really interested to do something together. It’s unusual, because design schools are usually not in this research context, and research universities rarely have strong design programs. This is really what makes Northeastern stand out.”

- Dietmar Offenhuber, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Art + Design

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Boston & Vancouver



About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experiential lifelong learning. Our approach of integrating real-world experience with education, research, and innovation empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create a worldwide impact.

Our Charlotte campus is Northeastern’s southeast hub for our graduate programs, solutions-oriented research, and entrepreneurship activities. The Center for Health Sciences anchors our campus with a focus on healthcare talent, health sciences innovations, and healthcare delivery equity. We work with our local employer partners to co-design and offer academic degrees, workforce development solutions, and research collaborations tailored to in-demand health sciences fields.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; Arlington, Virginia; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

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