First Professional Interior Architecture Program (M.A.)

  • Program Overview

    Develop expertise in design research, analysis, and design of complex interior environments.

    On-site in Beverly

    The first professional Master of Arts in Interior Architecture degree program creates specialists who would like to pursue interior design for commercial and institutional, healthcare, residential, or sustainable interior environments.

    • 87-credit program for non-design professionals
    • Portfolio not required to apply
    • Individual and team-based learning within an "atelier" design studio setting to acquire advanced expertise for interior architectural practice
    • Integration of theory and practice through required coursework in interior design firm management and graduate student forums
    • Personal Advising
    • Networking opportunities

    Admission Requirements for First Professional Program:

    • Application form and a $50 application fee. 
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study
    • Official bachelor’s degree college/university transcripts
    • Two letters of recommendation

    In addition to the requirements above, international students also need:

    • Minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), for all students whose native language is not English. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
    • WES evaluation, required for International Transcripts 

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  • Curriculum

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will:

    • Assimilate highly technical, theoretical, and sophisticated problem solving methods in the development of the design of interior environments
    • Research, understand, and demonstrate the role and impact upon society that emerging design theories and technologies have on complex interior environments
    • Assess and synthesize project needs and strategies to operate in and communicate within a collaborative and integrated mode with other design specialist and related professions
    • Develop and advance current design principles, theories and academic research, and demonstrate a contribution to design practice, education, and society
    • Develop an understanding, application and specifying furniture, fixtures, finish materials, and environmental systems, controls and regulations to maximize occupant health, welfare, and comfort within interior environments
    • Develop a global perspective for design including an understanding and application of sustainable strategies that enhance users and planet earth

    Required Curriculum

    IA XXX Elective (Must be 500 level or higher) - 3 cr. 

    IDI 501 - Foundations of Design
    IDI 526 - Media I: Architectural Drafting
    IDI 510 - Interior Environments Studio I
    IDI 521 - Perspective and Rendering
    IDI 506 - Art & Design History I
    IDI 535 - Materials and Specification
    IDI 531 - Media II: Electronic Media
    IDI 505 - Design Dynamics I
    IDI 540 - Media III
    IDI 542 - Building Systems & Integrated Design
    IDI 515 - Interior Environments Studio II
    IDI 532 - Professional Practice/Portfolio
    IDI 551 - Regulations and Guidelines
    IDI 507 - Art & Design History II
    IDI 560 - Internship
    IDI 553 - Contract Documents
    IDI 570 - Capstone Studio
    IDI 533 - Advanced Media
    IDI 508 - Art & Design History III
    IA 515 - Theory and Criticism
    IA 505 - Advanced Interior Environment Studio I
    IA 530 - Psychology of Place
    IA 507 - Art and Science of Interior Lighting
    IA 516 - Research Methodology
    IA 508 - Design Dynamics II
    IA 510 - Advanced Interior Environment Studio II
    IA 521 - Furniture Design History
    IA 586 - Masters Thesis I
    IA 506 - Emerging Materials and Systems
    IA 587 - Masters Thesis II


    IA 518 - Scandinavian Architecture and Interior Architecture
    IA 535 - Literature and Theory in Sustainable Design
    IA 545 - Universal Design for the Built Environment
    IA 590E - Design Practice Research Internship
    IA 610 - Domesticity and Identity in the Built Environment
    IA 617 - Contemporary Architectural Icons
    IA 620 - Global Sustainable Interior Architecture Studio
    IA 630 - Special Topics Studio

    Total Degree Requirements - 87 credits

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  • Internships and Careers

    An education from the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.

    Recent Internships

    • ARC (Architectural Resources Cambridge)
    • SMMA (Symmes, Maini, + McKee Associates)
    • Steffian Bradley Architects
    • Dyer Brown Architects
    • LWA (Leers Weinzapfel Associates)


The Interior Architecture programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Flexible Class Schedules

Programs are designed for both full-time and part-time students.