Interior Design BS / Urban Strategy MS

Major: Interior Design / Urban Strategy
Degrees Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0 (BS) and 48.0 (MS)
Co-op Options:
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0408
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-1025

About the Program

The MS in Urban Strategy program is a cross-disciplinary 2-year, 48.0 credit master’s degree designed to prepare students to become 21st century urbanists equipped to collaboratively and creatively solve complex multi-faceted urban challenges on all levels: locally, nationally and globally. The program boasts a cross-disciplinary curriculum focused on strategy, problem solving, and collaboration in the domains of urban planning, design, health, engineering, policy, community and economic development and sociology.

Admission Requirements

Transcripts: Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Standardized Test Scores: GRE/MAT test scores are accepted and appreciated, but not required. TOEFL scores are required for international applicants or applicants who earned a degree outside the U.S. (minimum scores: 100/577/233). Scores will be reviewed based on section scores and total scores. IELTS scores may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores.

Essay: Please write approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel; your short-term and long-term career plans; and how your background, experience, interest, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully.

Résumé: Please submit a resume electronically

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. To electronically request recommendations, you must list your recommenders and their contact information on your application. We advise that you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they received your recommendation request — they may need to check their junk mail folder. Additionally, it is your responsibility to confirm that your recommenders will submit letters by your application deadline and follow up with recommenders who have not completed their recommendations.

Academic Experience: You must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in your major.

Degree Requirements

General education requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PHYS 175Light and Sound3.0
PHYS 176Computational Lab for Light and Sound1.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
Required Natural Science-students elect a minimum of 3 credits3.0
Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 6 credits6.0
Free electives24.0
Undergraduate electives (18 cr)
Shared Graduate Electives (6 cr)
Visual studies requirements
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
VSST 203Multimedia: Materials4.0
VSST 202Multimedia: Space4.0
VSST 301Painting I4.0
or VSST 311 Sculpture I
Interior design requirements
INTR 160Visualization I: Computer Imaging3.0
INTR 200History of Modern Architecture and Interiors3.0
INTR 211Textiles for Interiors3.0
INTR 220Visualization II: Orthographic3.0
INTR 225Environmental Design Theory3.0
INTR 231Structure4.0
INTR 232Interior Studio I4.0
INTR 233Interior Studio II4.0
INTR 241Visualization III: Digital3.0
INTR 245Visualization IV: 3D Modeling3.0
INTR 250Interior Materials3.0
INTR 300 [WI] Visual Culture: Interiors3.0
INTR 305 [WI] Visual Culture: Furniture3.0
INTR 331Residential Design Studio4.0
INTR 341Visualization V: Methods3.0
INTR 350Interior Detailing3.0
INTR 351Interior Lighting3.0
INTR 430Commercial Design Studio4.0
INTR 441Furniture Design4.0
INTR 442Hospitality Design Studio4.0
INTR 445Contract Documentation for Interior Design3.0
INTR 450 [WI] Professional Practice3.0
INTR 451Interior Systems3.0
INTR 491Senior Project I3.0
INTR 492Senior Project II3.0
INTR 493Senior Project III3.0
Urban Strategy requirements
ECON 616Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis3.0
URBS 510History of Urban Space3.0
URBS 520What is a City3.0
URBS 530Quantitative Methods & Reasoning for Urban Strategists3.0
URBS 610Civic Engagement & Participatory Methods3.0
URBS 620City of Systems3.0
URBS 630Spatial Reasoning for Urbanists, Architects & Designers3.0
URBS 650Urbanism, Health & the Built Environment3.0
URBS 670Thesis I: Research Inquiry & Design3.0
URBS 675Thesis Seminar I1.5
URBS 680Thesis II: Fieldwork3.0
URBS 685Thesis Seminar II1.5
URBS 690Thesis III: Documentation3.0
Graduate Free Electives6.0
Total Credits228.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
INTR 160Visualization I: Computer Imaging3.0
INTR 200History of Modern Architecture and Interiors3.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
INTR 220Visualization II: Orthographic3.0
INTR 225Environmental Design Theory3.0
INTR 231Structure4.0
INTR 250Interior Materials3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
INTR 232Interior Studio I4.0
INTR 241Visualization III: Digital3.0
INTR 300 [WI] Visual Culture: Interiors3.0
PHYS 175Light and Sound3.0
PHYS 176Computational Lab for Light and Sound1.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
INTR 211Textiles for Interiors3.0
INTR 233Interior Studio II4.0
INTR 245Visualization IV: 3D Modeling3.0
Natural science elective 3.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 7
INTR 305 [WI] Visual Culture: Furniture3.0
INTR 331Residential Design Studio4.0
INTR 341Visualization V: Methods3.0
INTR 350Interior Detailing3.0
VSST 202
or 201
Multimedia: Space
Multimedia: Performance
4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
INTR 351Interior Lighting3.0
INTR 430Commercial Design Studio4.0
INTR 451Interior Systems3.0
INTR 441Furniture Design4.0
Arts and humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 9
VSST 203Multimedia: Materials4.0
VSST 301
or 311
Painting I
Sculpture I
4.0
Arts and humanities elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
Free elecive3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
INTR 442Hospitality Design Studio4.0
INTR 491Senior Project I3.0
URBS 510History of Urban Space3.0
URBS 520What is a City3.0
URBS 530Quantitative Methods & Reasoning for Urban Strategists3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 11
INTR 445Contract Documentation for Interior Design3.0
INTR 450 [WI] Professional Practice3.0
INTR 492Senior Project II3.0
URBS 610Civic Engagement & Participatory Methods3.0
URBS 620City of Systems3.0
URBS 630Spatial Reasoning for Urbanists, Architects & Designers3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 12
INTR 493Senior Project III3.0
ECON 616Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis3.0
URBS 650Urbanism, Health & the Built Environment3.0
Electives9.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 13
URBS 670Thesis I: Research Inquiry & Design3.0
URBS electives6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 14
URBS 675Thesis Seminar I1.5
URBS 680Thesis II: Fieldwork3.0
URBS elective3.0
 Term Credits7.5
Term 15
URBS 685Thesis Seminar II1.5
URBS 690Thesis III: Documentation3.0
 Term Credits4.5
Total Credit: 228.0
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