The Department of Interior Design offers the following degrees:
The Iowa State University Interior Design Program offers three graduate degrees:
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interior Design, a terminal, post-professional degree emphasizing advanced creative achievement. This degree can be completed in as few as five semesters.
- Master of Arts (MA) in Art and Design with a specialization in Interior Design, a post-professional degree emphasizing applied design research and analysis.
- First-professional Master of Arts (MA) in Art and Design with a specialization in Interior Design, combining entry-level preparation with advanced knowledge of design analysis and research options.
Graduates of these programs develop a broadly-based understanding of contemporary interior design, including the role of human factors, problem-solving methods, design research and theory. Download PDF document on our graduate programs’ mission, values, philosophy and objectives.
Please submit your application by February 1 for anticipated fall- or spring-semester entry. All materials must be available on the deadline date, or you will not be considered for admission. It is your responsibility to ensure all of your materials are on file with the Interior Design Program by the deadline.
Individual Programs of Study
Soon after completion of their first semesters of study (or completion of 12 credit hours), graduate students identify their Program of Study (POS) Committees, each comprising a major professor and another committee member drawn from the interior design faculty, plus a third committee member from outside of interior design. Working with the advice and approval of their POS Committees, students develop a specific, individual degree program of study (POS) for completion of their unique educational objectives. Each student must submit this degree program for approval by the director of the Interior Design Program, by the end of their second semester (or completion of 24 credit hours).
For more information on any of these interior design graduate degree programs, contact:
Fred Malven, Director of Graduate Education
Meredith Foley, Graduate Recruitment and Student Services Coordinator