Stand Out with an Interior Design M.A. from One of the Best Interior Design Master’s Programs
Advance your interior design career or become a professor or field researcher with a Post-Professional Interior Design master’s degree from Marymount University. Designed for individuals who already have a degree in architecture or interior design, Marymount’s Post-Professional Interior Design curriculum channels your current understanding of the industry towards a specific discipline. Take elective courses to pursue your passions, or enroll in one of our four tracks – Design Education, Design Research, Professional Practice, or Business Leadership.
- World-renowned faculty
Our Interior Design M.A. faculty members are thought leaders in architecture, interiors, historic preservation, hospitality, residential design, and technology. We are well connected with top global design firms and professional organizations in the Metro D.C. area, and several of our Marymount alumni are consulted as hiring partners. Whether you plan to become a leader in the field as a researcher, professor, or corporate design director, our professors can help you plan and personalize your Interior Design master’s degree experience.
- Interior design M.A. with Hands-on opportunities and ideal location
Student-selected research projects begin during your first semester. Internships, practicums, and our annual Design-athon are experiences that will help you learn, grow, and prepare for next steps beyond your Interior Design master’s program.
- Affordable program, excellent value
We offer scholarships and graduate assistant positions that not only provide valuable hands-on experience but can help offset some of your tuition costs.
- 30-credit, 2-year on-campus program
- Full time or part time, day or evening classes
- $1,190 per credit hour
- Customizable graduate degree and certifications
- Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment
- Graduate application
- Official transcripts of all postsecondary education, including a bachelor’s degree from an accredited interior design program, architecture program, or equivalent
- 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
- Portfolio of student or professional design work demonstrating creative ability and professional competence, including hand drawings, sketching, and design thinking as seen in creative ideation and process work*
Students with an accredited Interior Design or Architecture degree must verify completion of prerequisites that demonstrate an understanding of knowledge within the field. If a departmental review of a student’s previous coursework and/or portfolio reveals deficiencies in the common body of knowledge, the student may be required to complete additional undergraduate and/or graduate course(s). Alternatively, students with degrees in Interior Design or Architecture who want a CIDA-accredited degree may choose the First-Professional M.A. program and transfer credits into it. A minimum of 36 credits must be completed at Marymount University, and a portfolio of work is required for placement.*
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 600: Research Methods in Interior Design
Introduction to the theory and practice of evidence-based interior design, including literature reviews, best practices, and data collection and analysis. Examination of common research methods used in evidence-based interior design and evaluation of published research studies. Some forms of statistical analysis are covered. Significant research in interior design is explored through readings and individual or team empirical research projects and writings.
ID 698: Thesis or Design Research Project I
This course focuses on the exploration of a significant question or challenging issue in interior design. Through readings and field studies, students formulate and carry out an individual investigation under faculty supervision and critique. Findings are presented in a written or graphic document and evidence-based design project.
ID 699: Thesis or Design Research Project II
This capstone course is a continuation of ID 698. The thesis document or design research project employs research applications and inferences of analytical thought in the design process and communication of the design intent. Design projects or thesis findings and analyses are completed and presented to faculty. Upon approval, students give a final presentation of their projects and/or study findings to the University community.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Marymount Interior 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
“As a 30+ practicing interior design professional with my own firm, I chose to go back to school to get a master’s so that I could teach. I wanted a post-professional program that would provide classes convenient to my work schedule and allow me the flexibility to learn – not only about the variety of areas of interior design practice, but how to teach. As an evidence-based design (EBD) focused program, Marymount’s School of Design + Art provided the tools I needed to be successful in the program, in my own research, and in starting teaching as an adjunct professor. Both the students and staff are engaged and supportive and made the experience enjoyable and rewarding.” – Cindy McClure, Class of 2021, Adjunct Professor at Marymount University and Principal at Grossmueller Design Consultants