Department of Interior Architecture Accreditation and Licensure


Professional degree programs in the field of interior design are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). CIDA and NASAD recognize multiple degree titles including the bachelor of interior architecture (or interior design) and the master of interior architecture (or interior design). A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

The University of Oregon Department of Interior Architecture offers the following NASAD- and CIDA-accredited degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture (225 undergraduate credits)
  • Master of Interior Architecture Track I (non-pre-professional degree + 147 credits); and
  • 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 2022 for CIDA and the 2019–20 academic year for NASAD.

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 at 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 Data

Graduation Rates Data

Undergraduate: 85% of the students enrolled in the classes of 2017 and 2018 in the 5-year bachelor of interior architecture degree program graduated in five years or less.
Graduate: 100 percent of the students in 2018 earning a Master of Interior Architecture Track I (3-year and one summer) and the Master of Interior Architecture Track II (2-year) degree programs graduated on time.

Retention Rates Data

Undergraduate: Graduating classes in the last three cohorts had an aggregate 90-percent retention rate beginning from year one of the bachelor’s curriculum.
Graduate: Graduating classes in 2017 and 2018 had an aggregate 90-percent retention rate beginning from year one of both the Track I and Track II master’s curriculum.

Employment Data

Graduating classes in 2016, 2017, and 2018 were working in architecture- and interior design-related jobs at an aggregate rate of 91% within nine months. On average, 86% of Bachelor of Interior Architecture students and 100% 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% of students (2) who applied to graduate schools in Architecture from the graduating class of 2019 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 last three years (2016–2018) are listed in the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) website. Aggregate data follows:

  • 85% passed the IDFX section (2018 comparative overall pass rate is 66%)
  • 80% passed the IDPX section (2018 comparative overall pass rate is 57%)
  • 94% passed the Practicum section (2018 comparative overall pass rate is 66%)