Interior Architecture

Major: Interior Architecture
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 15.1301
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Interior Architecture program offers a post-professional degree for students with a background in interior design or architecture. The curriculum reinforces design fundamentals; advances technical skills and conceptual approaches; allows for specialization in areas such as, but not limited to health/wellness, making/fabrication, or technology/representation; and culminates in a comprehensive thesis research and design project. Comprised of 45.0 graduate credits, the program can be completed in 4-6 quarters. Students select from a range of studio, seminar, and elective courses to create a program tailored to their professional interest.

The program is closely affiliated with the graduate Design Research and Urban Strategy programs within the Department of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, and provides access to graduate programs across the University. These connections allow students to engage and collaborate with experts from a variety of disciplines, preparing them to take leadership roles in the profession.

Additional Information

For more information, visit Drexel's Graduate Studies in Interior Architecture webpage.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires a first professional degree from an accredited program in interior design or architecture, and submission of a design portfolio. Applicants with degrees in related fields or unaccredited programs who have professional experience in interior design or architecture will be considered through review of transcript and portfolio. Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements may be recommended for the MS Interior Architecture & Design program.

Additional Information

Please see the Graduate Admissions webpage for detailed requirements.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
IA Studios - Select 416.0
Graduate Studio A
Graduate Studio B
Graduate Studio C
Graduate Studio D
Graduate Studio E
Furniture Design
Fabrication and Making
Special Topics in Interior Design (Topic Studio)
IA Seminars - Select 48.0
Studio A Seminar
Studio B Seminar
Studio C Seminar
Studio D Seminar
Studio E Seminar
Special Topics in Interior Design
IA Electives - Select 412.0
Material Investigations
Advanced Visual Methods
Interior Systems I
Advanced Digital Methods
Interior Systems II
Technologies of Making
Data Visualization for Design Professionals
Translational Design Research
Civic Engagement & Participatory Methods
City of Systems
Urbanism, Health & the Built Environment
INTR 694Thesis Programming3.0
INTR 697Thesis - Development3.0
INTR 698Thesis - Documentation3.0
Comprehensive Exam
INTR 699Comp Exam for Interior Design *0.0
Total Credits45.0

INTR 699 consists of several components: a series of sketch problems, design competitions, professional experience and portfolio review. These must be completed during the two + graduate years.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
IA Studio4.0IA Studio4.0IA Studo4.0Study Abroad Option
IA Seminar2.0IA Seminar2.0IA Seminar2.0 
IA Elective3.0IA Elective3.0IA Elective3.0 
 9 9 9 0
Second Year
INTR 6943.0INTR 6973.0INTR 6983.0
IA Studio4.0IA Elective3.0INTR 6990.0 
  IA Seminar2.0 
 7 6 5 0
Total Credits 45
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