The program increases students’ understanding of the relationship between human behavior and interior environments through advanced study and hands-on research. The program also builds on the design studio experience to provide students with an opportunity for further exploration and discovery in the field. Students gain knowledge and skills that prepare them to analyze information and relationships, evaluate issues, and set priorities, while creating functional and high quality design solutions for complex projects.
The Master of Arts is offered in three tracks:
+1 year M.A.
For current interior design majors at WSU. Qualified students may apply during the fall semester of the senior year.
+2 year M.A.
For candidates with an existing interior design degree or a degree from an allied design discipline. Post-professional graduate studies culminate in a master’s thesis and is appropriate for those who are interested in advanced design research and/or preparation for teaching.
+3 year M.A.
For candidates without a prior degree in interior design. The +3 year M.A. requires completion of foundation courses building integral skills in design; graduate core classes; electives in support of design skills and interdisciplinary research interests; and independent work towards completion of the master’s project. The +3 year curriculum is designed to accelerate a person toward meeting professional standards in preparation for practice, as well as to challenge the student in areas of advanced research and critical thinking.
A collaborative, faculty-led merger of existing programs in architecture, construction management, interior design, and landscape architecture spurred the creation of the School of Design + Construction (SDC) at Washington State University (WSU) in July of 2012. The SDC currently includes 33 full or part-time faculty and roughly 650 graduate and undergraduate students across the four disciplines, establishing it as one of the largest schools at WSU and uniquely positioning it within a university-wide strategic effort towards interdisciplinary research and teaching.
Featuring long-standing disciplinary traditions in addition to strategic integration initiatives, the SDC has dedicated faculty delivering top quality instruction for which its programs have become institutionally notable, highly regarded across the West, and professionally accredited (by NAAB, ACCE, CIDA, and LAAB).
International Student Requirements:
International students must also submit proof of English language proficiency (80 on TOEFL (IBT) or 7.0 IELTS) and Verification of Financial Support.
Loans may be available. To determine eligiblity for federal student aid, students should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal School Code: 003800