The University of Florida

College of Design, Construction and Planning

Interior Design


PO Box 114000, 222 Criser Hall

PO Box 115705

Gainesville, FL 32653

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD - Doctor of Philosophy (Design, Construction and Planning), MID - Master of Interior Design

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MASTER OF INTERIOR DESIGN (MID) at the University of Florida educates students to become professionals in practice, to engage in research, and to develop a specialization in the design of the built environment. In addition to coursework, the main requirement for the MID degree is a written research thesis. The MID Program is open to students with prior educational experience from any field. It prepares students without previous interior design or architecture undergraduate degrees to practice in interior design and architecture firms; those with previous interior design or architecture undergraduate degrees to achieve advanced study in areas of specialization found in contract public interior design firms; and all students to pursue entry level teaching positions within interior design programs, to enter Ph.D. Programs for advanced research specialization(s) in interior design or related design disciplines, and to disseminate knowledge through publications, conferences, teaching, and collaboration with various professionals in related fields. Each student entering the MID program works with the graduate coordinator to evaluate his or her unique background and to determine the specific courses needed to strengthen the student’s educational foundation and interests. After assessment of previous coursework and design work, leveling courses may be required to prepare the student for graduate studies in interior design. Taking leveling courses equalizes the MID student’s academic opportunities for future interior design practice. The added (leveling) course work will be composed of lower and upper division classes that depending on their specific needs, students usually complete in two to four semesters of full-time study. The estimated total credit hours and length of study time will vary according to each student’s individual bachelor’s degree and experience. Upon satisfaction of leveling coursework requirements, and with approval by the graduate coordinator and supervisory committee chair, a student completes 24 hours of graduate work in the Department of Interior Design as well as 3 hours of coursework in graduate statistics and 9 hours of multi-disciplinary graduate electives which reinforce and extend the research. At the core of the MID curriculum are courses in interior design research methods and individual master’s thesis research. The program culminates with the creation and defense of a written research thesis. The DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD) degree in Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida offers a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary study and research with emphasis on one of five disciplines related to the built environment housed within the college—Architecture, Building Construction, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability in the Built Environment, and Urban and Regional Planning. Students interested in studying issues related to the human experience and activity within the built environment often develop a PhD concentration in Interior Design.


Leveling MID coursework is concurrent with that of the University of Florida Bachelor of Design in Interior Design, which is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. There is no separate accreditation for the Master of Interior Design.

International Student Requirements:

International students from countries where the language of instruction is other than English are also required to have TOEFL scores– Paper-Based: 550; Computer-Based: 213; Internet-Based: 80.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Domestic students are eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Locale: Midsize City

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