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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
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Interior Design [M.S.]

Revised Program [Fall 2020]

The mission of the Interior Design Programs (undergraduate and graduate) at Eastern Michigan University is the academic preparation of students to enable them to solve problems related to the function, health/safety/wellbeing, and quality of interior environments.

The Programs promote design research, critical thinking, and creativity in design decisions applied to all interior spaces, components, and elements encompassed in the built environment. These decisions reflect consideration for social welfare, cultural implications, global and economic elements.

The curriculum blends theory and technical skills, with sensitivity to environmentally responsible/sustainable design issues and consideration for the needs of all users regardless of age, physical stature, or disability status.

Graduates are well prepared to enter the workplace with a skill set that allows them to thrive professionally and work collaboratively in both the commercial and residential areas of the profession.

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Program Admission

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. In the 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 website for minimum scores.
  6. 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.

School Information

Visual and Built Environments | Suleiman Ashur, Ph.D., Director | 206 Roosevelt, 734.487.2490, sashur@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Shinming Shyu, Ph.D., 206 Roosevelt Hall, 734.487.6419, sshyu@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 36 hours

The Master of Science degree in Interior Design requires the completion of 36 hours of graduate course work divided into required courses, supporting interior design courses, cognate courses and thesis/project courses.

Supporting, Cognate, & Culminating Coursework: 27 hours

Students will complete a minimum of 27 hours, as follows.