The interior design programs leading to the Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Master of Interior Architecture degrees are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Master of Interior Architecture granted by the University of Oregon meet the educational requirements for eligibility to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). Learn more about NCIDQ Exam eligibility.
Our degree programs are also accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD):
- Bachelor of Interior Architecture (225 undergraduate credits)
- Master of Interior Architecture Track I (non-pre-professional degree + 147 credits)
- Master of Interior Architecture Track II (pre-professional degree + graduate credits needed to fulfill all MIArch requirements.)
The MS in Interior Architecture degree is a post-professional degree and is not accredited by CIDA. These students must have completed a CIDA accredited degree or the international equivalent prior to enrolling.
The next accreditation visits for the Department of Interior Architecture are in the 2019–20 academic year for NASAD and in 2022 for CIDA.
CIDA's Disclosure Statement
The Program Analysis Report, Visiting Team Report, Accreditation Report, and related correspondence notifying programs seeking accreditation of the accreditation decision are confidential. Documents may be disclosed only with prior approval from the program or in the event the program releases misleading or incomplete information. Decisions rendered by the Accreditation Commission to award or deny accreditation, and the term of accredited status, are made public. CIDA does not disclose or make public applications on file or a program’s intent to apply for accreditation, except in response to a specific request by the program deemed reasonable and appropriate by the Accreditation Commission. The official list of accredited programs is available on CIDA’s website. CIDA updates this list following each meeting of the Accreditation Commission (twice a year) and as changes take place. In addition, CIDA provides information regarding the accredited status of interior design programs to selected governmental agencies and professional organizations.
State laws vary widely in regard to interior design registration and/or licensure. In those states that have adopted legislation, a professional degree from a CIDA-accredited program is the preferred prerequisite. Interior architecture students and graduates of the program must pass an examination established by National Council of Interior Design Qualification in order to become licensed as interior designers in those states with licensing or certification. Rules vary from state to state but generally two years of professional experience are required prior to taking the exam. Students can visit the websites below for further information about accreditation and licensure.
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
Student Achievement DataFile Interior Architecture Quick Facts Sheet
Graduation Rates Data
Undergraduate: 90 percent of the students enrolled in the last three graduating cohorts (2018–20) in the five-year bachelor of interior architecture degree program graduated in five years or fewer.
Graduate: 93 percent of the students enrolled in the past three graduating cohorts (2018–20) in the Master of Interior Architecture Track I (three-years plus one summer) and the Master of Interior Architecture Track II (two years) degree programs graduated on time.
Retention Rates Data
Undergraduate: Students entering the major in AY2019–20 had an aggregate 90.9 percent retention rate to Year 2 of the bachelor’s curriculum.
Graduate: Students entering the master’s program in AY2019–20 had an aggregate 86 percent retention rate to Year 2 of both the Track I and Track II master’s curriculum.
Graduating classes in 2018, 2019, and 2020 were working in architecture- and interior design–related jobs at an aggregate rate of 86 percent within nine months. On average, 80 percent of Bachelor of Interior Architecture students and 100 percent of the Master of Interior Architecture graduates were working in architecture and design firms within nine months of graduating from our program.
Acceptance into Graduate Programs Data
100 percent of students (4) who applied to graduate schools in architecture from the graduating classes of 2019 and 2020 were accepted.
Professional Certification Data
Interior Architecture graduates from Oregon exceed average passing rates on all three sections of the NCIDQ examination. Passing rates for graduates from our program who took the exam in the past three years (2018–20) are listed on the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) website. Aggregate data follows:
- 92 percent passed the IDFX section (2020 comparative overall pass rate is 69 percent)
- 91 percent passed the IDPX section (2020 comparative overall pass rate is 64 percent)
- 84 percent passed the Practicum section (2020 comparative overall pass rate is 73 percent)