College of Design

Interior Design - Graduate

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College of Design

The graduate program in the School of Interiors leads to a post-professional Master of Arts in Interiors: Planning/Strategy/Design. Students undertake a combination of course work, independent study, and research experience to develop a course of study designed to meet each student’s career interests. Courses from within and outside the discipline cultivate interdisciplinary design thinking. Using design-related scholarship/research and creative approaches, students engage in an investigative process leading to an area of design specialization. Each student works with an advising committee in the selection of a written thesis or a design thesis project option and the appropriate courses at the 500, 600, and 700 levels. Applicants that have an undergraduate degree in interior design or a related professional subject matter normally complete the program in two years. Supplementary course work may be required of applicants without professional undergraduate interior design degrees. 

Master's Program Description

Students undertake the Master of Arts in Interiors with either a Plan A and Plan B option. The thesis option (Plan A) requires 24 hours of course work, six hours of Master’s residence credit, and a written thesis with a research emphasis. Plan B requires completion of 30 credit hours, including six hours of ID 700, in which a student develops a design thesis project that engages in innovative problem-solving focusing on the student’s area of specialization. A common core of twelve hours, comprised of ID 650, ID 655, and ID 659, is required of all students. Students complete twelve credits of additional course work around concentration. Students must successfully complete a final examination in the form of a thesis defense, which is required for graduation. Students are admitted for fall and spring semesters. Application deadlines are July 15 for fall admission and November 15 for spring admission.

Students pursuing the degree will apply to the Graduate School for admission to the ICT MS degree program. There is no preferred undergraduate degree program. Admission to the ICT MS degree program requires 1) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; 2) a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on any prior undergraduate or graduate work, in both cases on a scale with A = 4.0; and 3) Graduate Record Exam scores, verbal: new exam 150 or higher OR old exam 400 or higher, quantitative: new exam 140 or higher OR old exam 450 or higher, and analytical writing 4.0 or higher. For the quantitative and analytical scores, applicants should meet at least one of the minimum scores. Applicants for whom English is not the native language must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 for the paper-based test (213 for computer-based test or 79 for the internet-based test). Students may take 500-level undergraduate courses, with the advice of faculty or staff, to remedy any deficiencies. Students who are admitted will be expected to complete online Microsoft Office trainings, available through the University at no charge, for Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint by the end of their second semester. These trainings serve a leveling function and help to ensure that students entering the graduate program possess baseline skills with general office productivity applications.


Master's Application Requirements

Personal Statement, GRE, Portfolio, 3 letters of recommendation

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines are July 15 for fall admission and November 15 for spring admission.


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