Post Professional Degree

The M. Wilhelmina Boldt Interior Design Program offers two programs leading to a Master of Arts in interior design. The post-professional degree is for those with an accredited undergraduate degree in interior design or architecture.

Degree Requirements

30 credits

Year 1 – Fall

  • ID 600 – User Centered Design Seminar
  • History or Methods Course, Pick One:
    • ID 532 – Construction and Environmental Systems
    • ID 534 – Professional Practice
    • ID 550 – History of Architecture and Interiors I
    • ID 545 –  Graduate Construction Documents
  • Practice Studio, Pick One:
    • ID 605 – Graduate Practice Studio II (Workplace)
    • ID 607 – Graduate Practice Studio IV (Hospitality)

Year 1 – Spring

  • History or Methods Course, Pick One:
    • ID 533 – Illumination Systems
    • ID 551 – History of Architecture and Interiors II
  • ID 5xx – ID Program Elective (MA)
  • ID 5xx – ID Program Elective (MA)

Year 2 – Fall

  • ID 698 – Thesis or Design Research Project I
  • ID 5xx – ID Program Elective (MA)
  • ID 5xx – ID Program Elective (MA)

Year 2 – Spring

  • ID 699 – Thesis or Design Research Project II

Interior Design Electives

A maximum of 12 credits (four courses) may be chosen from other areas of the graduate curricula, including Business Administration, Education, Human Resources, and Humanities. Approval must be received from the student’s advisor prior to registration.

  • ID 512 – Furniture Design Seminar
  • ID 515 – Advanced Field Study and Rendering
  • ID 522 – Environmental Behavior Seminar
  • ID 527 – Ecological Interior Design
  • ID 528SL – Community Engaged Design
  • ID 532 – Construction and Environmental Systems
  • ID 533 – Illumination Systems
  • ID 534 – Professional Practice
  • ID 536 – Technology for Interior Design Seminar
  • ID 537 – Graduate Professional Development
  • ID 538 – Color, Light, and Human Perception
  • ID 545 – Graduate Construction Documents
  • ID 550 – History of Architecture and Interiors I
  • ID 551 – History of Architecture and Interiors II
  • ID 553 – Modern Design and Architecture Seminar
  • ID 554 – Historic Preservation Seminar
  • ID 590 – Practicum
  • ID 595 – Graduate Directed Research

Elective Track – Design Education/Teaching

If you are interested in teaching interior design at the university level, the following courses are recommended for the four required ID electives.

  • ED 500 Foundations of Education and the Teaching Profession
  • ED 551 Instruction and Assessment
  • ID 590 Practicum (Teaching experience with ID Faculty)
  • ID Elective of your choice

Elective Track – Design Research

If you are interested in evidence-based interior design research, the following courses are recommended for the four required ID electives.

  • FLP 502 Research Methods
  • FLP 503 Statistics
  • ID Elective of your choice
  • ID Elective of your choice

Elective Track – Business Leadership

If you are interested in business leadership in interior design, the following courses are recommended for the four required ID electives.

  • MBA 517 Leading in Business
  • ​MBA 515 Behavior Management in Organization
  • ID 534 Professional Practice
  • ID Elective of your choice

Elective Track – Professional Practice

If you are interested in developing skills for professional practice, the following courses are recommended for the four required ID electives.

  • ID 532 Graduate Construction Documents (Revit Architecture)
  • ID 516 Visual Communication for Interior Design (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • ID 537 Graduate Professional Development (Portfolio and Personal Brand Development)
  • ID 590 Practicum (A professional internship at a firm in the DC Metro Area)

Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions:

JAMES R. SPELMAN

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
(703) 526-6899
Schedule an appointment with James