Post Professional Interior Architecture Program (M.A.)

  • Program Overview

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

    The Master of Arts in Interior Architecture provides a thorough knowledge base, in both theory and practice, for current design professionals. Courses focus on developing ability, knowledge, and applicability to global design issues, human behavior, occupant comfort, and contribution to the built environment. The 37-credit program prepares you to assume an advanced role within a professional design firm or as an independent entrepreneur.

    You will select an area of concentration: commercial and institutional, healthcare, residential, or sustainable interior environments, each of which builds upon critical thinking, design mastery, evidence-based research, visual communication, and oral communication expertise expected of practicing professionals. Within the core curriculum courses for both concentrations, you will advance your skill set in aspects of design research, theory, and technology applied to professional practice.

    The Master of Arts in Interior Architecture program model integrates theory and practice through required coursework in interior design firm management and graduate student forums reinforcing Endicott's mission of experiential learning.

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  • Curriculum

    Program of Study

    *Students select a Studio Option (505A and 510A) or Global Studio Option (505B and 510B) and an area of concentration from the following concentration options: IAC Commercial and Institutional, IAH Healthcare, IAR Residential, or IAS Sustainability.

    Note: Thesis Topic is sourced from the area of concentration.

    Students may substitute Design Firm Management with an Education Practicum.

    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

    IAx 505A* ID Studio Concentration Option or IAx 510A* Global Studio Concentration Option (Western) - 4 cr. 
    IAx 505B* ID Studio Concentration Option or IAx 510B* Global Studio Concentration Option (Non-Western) - 4 cr. 
    ID Technology Elective (500 level) - 3 cr.
    Interior Architecture History Elective (500 level) - 3 cr.
    Interior Architecture Elective (500 level) - 3 cr.

    IA 501 - Interior Architecture Precedent Studio I
    IA 502 - Design Dynamics
    IA 511 - Forum I
    IA 512 - Forum II
    IA 517 - Theory, Criticism, and Methodology
    IA 530 - Psychology of Place
    IA 575 - Interior Design Firm Management
    IA 588 - Master's Thesis I: Seminar
    IA 589 - Master's Thesis II: Written Defense
    IA 590 - Master's Thesis III: Scholarly Defense


    Interior Architecture Electives

    Students select two courses from 500 or 600 level coursework offerings.

    *Course satisfies Concentration Option Elective

    IA 506 - Emerging Materials and Systems
    IA 507 - Art and Science of Interior Lighting
    IA 520 - Advanced Electronic Media
    IA 535 - Literature and Theory in Sustainable Design
    IA 545 - Universal Design for the Built Environment
    IA 617 - Contemporary Architectural Icons

    Interior Architecture History Electives

    IA 519 - Modern Furniture Classics
    IA 518 - Scandinavian Architecture and Interior Architecture
    IA 610 - Domesticity and Identity in the Built Environment
    IA 617 - Contemporary Architectural Icons

    Technology Electives

    IA 506 - Emerging Materials and Systems
    IA 507 - Art and Science of Interior Lighting
    IA 520 - Advanced Electronic Media
    IA 545 - Universal Design for the Built Environment

    Concentration Courses

    Students select an area of concentration from the following concentration options (19 credits, including the seven-credit thesis sequence in the concentration):

    Commercial/Institutional Interior Environments

    IAC 505A/510A - Commercial/Institutional Interior Environments I
    IAC 505B/510B - Commercial/Institutional Interior Environments II
    IAC XXX - Commercial Interior Architecture Elective

    Healthcare Interior Environments

    IAH 505A/510A - Healthcare Interior Environments I
    IAH 505B/510B - Healthcare Interior Environments II
    IAH XXX - Healthcare Interior Architecture Elective

    Residential Interior Environments

    IAR 505A/510A - Residential Interior Environments I
    IAR 505B/510B - Residential Interior Environments II
    IAR XXX - Residential Interior Architecture Elective

    Sustainable Interior Environments

    IAS 505A/510A - Sustainable Interior Environments I
    IAS 505B/510B - Sustainable Interior Environments II
    IAS XXX - Sustainable Interior Architecture Elective

    Total Degree Requirements - 37 credits

    View academic catalog and learning outcomes
  • 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.

Contact Us

Myoung Joo Chun
Director, Graduate Interior Architecture/Assistant Professor
Kevin Renz
Associate Dean, Interior Architecture