Our architecture, interior design program was ranked by design professionals at more than 200 U.S. firms who make hiring decisions and performance evaluations as one of the best programs for preparing students for real-world success.
This 36-credit hour program is designed to approach the design of the built environment as user-centered, providing a basis for informed design decisions. Students need to be a graduate of a CIDA undergraduate
program to be considered for the masters program.
It's understood that the most important design aspect of the built environment is the satisfaction of the users physical, psycho social, and spiritual needs and the protection of their health, safety and well-being.
Program & Courses
Offered completely online, you're able to complete coursework at times convenient for you, in addition to having multi-way interaction with the instructor and other students in class.
Even though the classes do not meet at a scheduled time and place, you are expected to progress with class assignments and interact as if you were attending a course on campus.
To fulfill requirements of the program you must:
Core Requirements (9 credits)
IDES 886 Evolving Issues in Interior Design 3 credit hours
IDES 856 Behavioral and Social Factors in Environmental Design Behavior 3 credit hours
IDES 870 Design Problems in the Interior Built Environment 3 credit hours
Discipline/Theory (6 credits to be selected in consultation with advisor.)
The following represents possible course selections:
IDES 858 The Changing Workplace 3 credit hours
IDES 860 Preservation and Meaning of Historic Interiors 3 credit hours
IDES 882 Color in the Built Environment 3 credit hours
IDES 884 Material Culture: the Social Life of Things 3 credit hours
IDES 883 Domesticity and Power in the Colonial World 3 credit hours
ARCH 841 Architecture History & Theory II 3 credit hours
ARCH 842 Contemporary Architecture 3 credit hours
ARCH 857 Housing Issues in Contemporary Society2 credit hours
ARCH 846 Architecture, Society, and Culture II 3 credit hours
ARCH 863 Architectural Preservation,3 credit hours
ARCH 897 Digital Environments 3 credit hours
ARCH/IDES 885 Research Methods in Architecture and Interior Design 3 credit hours
Research Methods 3 (to be selected from existing courses outside the department)
Campus-wide Electives (3-6 credit hours)
In consultation with their interior design advisor, campus-wide electives can be chosen from graduate courses within the disciplines of psychology, sociology, anthropology, business and history.
Independent Field Research or Graduate Internship (3-6 credit hours)
Thesis (6 credit hours)
Total Credits - 36 credit hours
Application for Graduate Admission$50 non-refundable application processing feeOne set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (seeupload requirements)If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiencyIf you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information English Language Requirements TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79 Technological Requirements PC Processor: Core 2 Duo or Equivalent or better Operating System: Windows XP (Home/Professional) or higher Web Conferencing: Web Camera/ Sound Card & Speakers/ Microphone or Headset with Microphone Internet Connection: High-speed DSL or Cable Modem Browser: Windows IE 7.0 or higher/ Firefox 3.0 or higher Anti-Virus: Current & Updated Anti-virus Software : Microsoft Office 2007 or higher Plug-Ins (download) : Java/ Windows Media Player/Acrobat Reader/Flash/Shockwave/Powerpoint Viewer MAC Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or better Operating System: OS 10 X Snow Leopard Web Conferencing: Web Camera/ Sound Card & Speakers/ Microphone or Headset with Microphone Internet Connection: High-speed DSL or Cable Modem Browser: Windows IE 7.0 or higher/ Firefox 3.0 or higher/ Safari 3.0 or higher Anti-Virus: Current & Updated Anti-virus Software : Microsoft Office 2007 or higher Plug-Ins (download) : Quicktime
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