May 27, 2020  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Science in Interior Design (IDE)

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Advisor: Shinming Shyu, Ph.D.
202D Roosevelt Hall

The Master of Science in Interior Design program provides opportunities for students to develop the conceptual understanding, analytical and research skills, and technological competence required for advanced study or design practice. Whereas the undergraduate degree is generalist in character, facilitating development of entry-level expertise in many design domains, the Master’s degree is specialist in character, enabling the graduate to develop expertise in a particular domain (e.g., healthcare, residential, restaurant, office, retail, etc.). Students work with their advisor to plan a program of study that uses their undergraduate course work and professional practice as a foundation for development of expertise in a design domain of interest to an individual student.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must:

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;

  2. Have a 2.75 or better undergraduate GPA;

  3. Have earned a Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree in interior design or equivalent from an accredited institution;

  4. Submit a one-page statement indicating personal goals for graduate study in interior design;

  5. Receive the recommendation of the interior design graduate program director;

  6. In case of international students, meet the Graduate School score requirements on the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS and achieve a score of 5 on the essay. See EMU Admissions web site for minimum scores.

  7. With permission of the Interior Design Graduate Program, students who do not hold a B.A. or B.S. degree in interior design may earn the Master’s of Science in Interior Design as the first professional degree by successfully completing identified undergraduate deficiencies and graduate program requirements. An individualized program of study identifying required undergraduate and graduate courses is developed for each student prior to first semester enrollment; completion of these deficiencies is a requirement for graduation.

Course Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Interior Design requires the completion of 30 hours of graduate course work divided into required courses, supporting interior design courses, cognate courses and thesis/project courses.

Cognate Courses (courses taken outside the department): 2-10 hours

Supporting Courses

Additional courses selected in consultation with the graduate advisor


Courses determined in consultation with program advisor and completed prior to placement on planned program. Not counted in semester hours for master’s degree but are instead additional hours required for academic course deficiencies.

Program Total: 30 hours

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