The post-professional Master of Science in Interior Architecture degree is for individuals with an undergraduate professional degree in architecture or interior architecture. 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 their individual research.
Students complete a minimum of four terms in residence and 45 credits, including at least 9 credits in Thesis (IARC 503) or Terminal Project (IARC 611).
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 M.S. curriculum focuses on individual research that draws from professional and general university courses and consultation with the student’s advisor and thesis committee. For more information about the thesis, see the Graduate School website.