Master of Science in Interior Architecture

Degree Overview

The post-professional Master of Science interior architecture degree program allows individuals to complete advanced research that builds on an undergraduate professional degree in interior design/architecture or architecture.

Eligible applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited four-year U.S. college or university OR hold an equivalent credential from a qualifying international institution.

This degree provides an opportunity for advanced study and contribution to knowledge in the field through the thesis. The course of study prepares students for careers in research, teaching, consulting, and further graduate study. Students will also gain a greater understanding of the relationship between the discipline and the profession while working closely with faculty mentors helping to guide individual research. This degree does not provide a path to licensure.

Students in this program are expected to develop an individual research topic in one or more of the following areas of research:

  • Adaptive re-use and interior environments: contexts, aesthetics, functions
  • Craft and fabrication: green materials, finishes, furnishings, and products
  • Behavioral factors: cultural, social, and economic sustainability
  • Building occupant and community member perception, performance, and health
  • Design modeling, processes, simulations and communication
  • Design history and theory
  • Preservation and adaptive re-use: sustainability issues

The master of science curriculum focuses on individual research that draws from professional and general university courses and consultation with the student’s advisor and thesis committee. Visit the Graduate School website for thesis information.

Degree Requirements (45 Credits)

Interior Architecture Courses
30 Credits

IARC 601 Research

6 Credits

IARC 503 Thesis or IARC 611: Terminal Project

9 Credits


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