Post Professional Interior Architecture Program (M.A.)

  • Program Overview

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

    This program is on-site in Beverly.

    Program Overview

    For creative professionals with an interior design undergraduate degree, the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (post-professional) program focuses on developing ability, knowledge, and applicability to:

    • Global design issues
    • Human behavior
    • Occupant comfort
    • Contribution to the built environment

    Strengthen your skills in critical thinking, design mastery, evidence-based research, and visual and oral communication.

    • 37-credit program for those working in the design field
    • Portfolio required to apply
    • Integration of theory and practice through required coursework in interior design firm management and graduate student forums
    • Application of design research, theory, and technology to professional practice
    • Personal advising
    • Networking opportunities

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  • Curriculum

    Program of Study

    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.

    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 586 - Masters Thesis I
    IA 521 - Furniture Design History
    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 - 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.