Gain the Knowledge and Skills to Change Course at One of the Region’s Best Interior Architecture + Design Graduate Programs
Learn how to become an interior architect and designer with Marymount University’s first-professional master’s degree program in Interior Architecture + Design. Created for career changers who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in architecture or interior design, our innovative, rigorous, interior architecture + design graduate school will train you with the knowledge, tools, and creative vision to solve complex design problems. You’ll find some of the most prestigious firms and industry organizations situated close to our campus, and many alumni in the region are hiring partners at global firms.
- Leading program with CIDA recognition
Unlike most other interior architecture + design graduate programs, Marymount’s first-professional master’s program is recognized by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the platinum designation for interior architecture + design programs in North America and the preferred pathway to licensure for successful interior designers and architects.
- State-of-the-art design facilities
Marymount provides its master’s degree students with the technology and skills to use industry tools such as Revit Architecture, Adobe Creative Suite, plotters, laser engravers, and 3-D printers.
- Hands-on learning
Whether it’s our annual Design-athon, field trips, internships, or research pursuits, our faculty will guide you as you put your passions to work. These connections and experiences are significant as you build a career in the Metro D.C. area and beyond.
- Experienced faculty and personal attention
Our director and 6 full-time faculty members, who are trained as architects and interior designers, bring unique expertise to the classroom and have authored design textbooks used at universities worldwide. Small class sizes offer opportunities to know your faculty, classmates, and faculty mentors who will help you navigate the field.
- Affordable options
At Marymount, our IA+D first-professional master’s program offers paid graduate assistantship positions in research or teaching. Scholarships are also available through professional interior architecture and design organizations in the area.
Marymount’s Interior Architecture + Design Programs are STEM
The M.A. in Interior Architecture + Design program at Marymount University is designated as a STEM degree. Beginning in the Fall 2023 semester, international students enrolled in this program can apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT (Optional Practice Training) for a total of 36 months. Please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars Services at email@example.com for detailed information and assistance on OPT.
- 63 credits (M.A. degree attainable in as little as 2.5 years)
- $1,275 per credit hour
- Classes offered on campus full time or part time, day and evening
- Accreditation The interior architecture + design program leading to the First-Professional M.A. in Interior Architecture + Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), www.accredit-id.org. Marymount’s Post-Professional M.A. in Interior Architecture + Design is not accredited because CIDA does not accredit post-professional master’s programs. Marymount’s CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior architecture and design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The First-Professional Master of Arts in Interior Architecture + Design granted by Marymount University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirementsRead more about our graduate students’ achievements here.
- Graduate application
- Official transcripts of all postsecondary education
- Professional résumé
- 2 letters of recommendation from educators or employers who can attest to the applicant’s potential for graduate work
- Statement of personal goals, objectives, motivations, and intended area of concentration
*To meet requirements of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the applicant’s transcript must show a minimum of 30 credits of liberal arts and sciences coursework in such disciplines as English composition, literature, foreign language, history, sociology, mathematics, biology, philosophy, humanities, psychology, and economics. Coursework in professional disciplines, such as business, cannot be included in this total. Applicants with fewer than 30 credits in the required coursework will be expected to make up the deficit within the first year of matriculation.
For university coursework completed outside the U.S., a course-by-course transcript evaluation is required from a NACES member evaluation agency such as World Education Services or Educational Credentials Evaluators.
Students for whom English is a second language must submit a recent official score of 96 from TOEFL, 6.5 from IELTS, or 58 from the PTE academic exam, or documentation of program completion at one of Marymount University’s language partners. For complete information about International Admissions Guidelines and language partner programs, visit our International Graduate Students page.
For more information please contact:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Program Curriculum Snapshot
ID 231: Textiles and Finish Materials
Focuses on textiles and finish materials used in interior environments with an emphasis on types of fiber, construction techniques, and the end use of products. Collection for a database of textiles and materials is required. Sustainable design, building codes, standards, and regulations are studied.
ID 605: Graduate Practice Studio I
Studio focusing on development of comprehensive design solutions for the practice areas of commerce and entertainment, including retail and hospitality. Observation and/or behavior mapping studies, literature reviews, innovative design concepts, and brand identity are used to create evidence-based design solutions that emphasize creativity, principles of sustainability, wayfinding, and security.
ID 606: Graduate Practice Studio II
Studio focusing on development of comprehensive design solutions for the practice areas of workplace, educational, or governmental interior design. Surveys and/or interviews, literature reviews, innovative design concepts, and brand identity are used to create evidence-based design solutions that emphasize creativity, principles of sustainability, life-safety codes, and building codes.
ID 607: Graduate Practice Studio III
Studio focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to complex problems in the interior environment for the practice areas of healing, restoration, and well-being. Case studies, programming briefs, literature reviews, and collaborative teamwork are used to create evidence-based design solutions that incorporate creativity, human factors data, barrier-free and universal design concepts, life-safety codes, and building codes.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Marymount Interior Architecture + Design graduate program alumni work at both large and small firms in Washington, D.C., and beyond. In fact, more than 90% of our graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for interior designers in 2021 was $64,340. The highest 10% earned more than $99,070.
Our graduates work in the top 15 firms in the region, including:
Meet Our Faculty
Welcome to the School of Design + Art (SoDA) at Marymount University.
Our expert faculty will work with you in small studio and classroom experiences as you prepare for your creative career. SoDA is one of the 3 Schools within Marymount’s College of Business, Innovation, Leadership, and Technology (the College of BILT). At SoDA, we offer multiple majors, minors, and graduate degrees across 5 academic programs. Our close partnerships in BILT with the School of Business and the School of Technology and Innovation allow you to expand your creative degree with coursework in entrepreneurship, business, marketing, web development, and more.
Explore our programs and create a custom degree to pursue your passion in life. If you are interested in learning more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing you on campus soon!
Director, School of Design and Art
Professor, Interior Design
“From the first day I visited Marymount, I knew it was the right place to start my new career path. The faculty always made me feel welcomed and valued, understood my cultural differences, and encouraged me to pursue my passions, especially my love for color. I am 100% sure that the collaborative atmosphere of the Interior Design program, including its studio classes and the knowledge, kindness, and dedication of professors, was fundamental to achieving success in my career as an emerging designer at Perkins & Will, which was featured in Metropolis Magazine’s Future 100 issue! MUID has a special place in my life and my heart.” – Viviane Pedruco, Class of 2022, Interior Designer I, Perkins & Will, New York City