Graduate Certificate in Communication with Data

The Information Design & Strategy program teaches students how to translate information and data into meaningful visual forms, narratives and interfaces. 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. Students will build skills in teamwork, strategy, and ethics that are foundational to new media professionals.

The Communication with Data certificate will give designers the tools they need to communicate complex data accurately and effectively. The courses in this certificate will enable students to work with data analysts within their organizations to translate data into images and stories that executives and customers can understand.





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Complete this four-course certificate and apply your credit to Northwestern’s MS in Information Design and Strategy program.


About the Graduate Certificate in Communication with Data

Graduate Certificate in Communication with Data Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the certificate, students will have the knowledge, skills, and aptitude to:

  • Translate complex information into compelling visual forms and narratives, particularly within digital media
  • Communicate complex data accurately and effectively
  •  Translate data into narrative, and images that stakeholders can understand and utilize
  • Develop innovative solutions to complex business problems by combining analytical and creative skills

Communication with Data Curriculum

Students are required to complete the following four courses to earn the certificate: 

  • IDS 409: Data Management Principles
  • IDS 452: Introduction to Data and Analytics
  • IDS 453: Analytic Techniques and Translation
  • IDS 455: Visualization of Data and Text

Review curriculum details while you consider applying to this program. Current students should refer to the curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

Communication with Data Courses

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Communication with Data Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Graduate Certificate Admission page.

Tuition for Communication with Data Certificate

Tuition for the Communication with Data graduate certificate program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Complete details can be found on the Communication with Data Certificate tuition page.

Registration Information for Communication with Data

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Communication with Data Faculty

Instructors in the Communication with Data Graduate Certificate program at Northwestern are leading scholars and practitioners in their field. They bring real-world experiences to the classroom and engage with students on a personal level. Get to know the instructors on our Communication with Data Faculty page.

Applying Credit to the MS in Information Design and Strategy Program

Students that are interested in the option of applying their credit to the SPS MS in Information Design and Strategy program must submit an online application and submit all required application materials.

Students that elect to apply to a master's program before completing a graduate certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable master's degree, but there will be no certificate conferred.

If you are interested in exploring this option, please contact the SPS graduate advising team for information on how to pursue a master's degree at SPS.

Find out more about Northwestern's Communication with Data Graduate Certificate

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