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Interior Architecture (MSIA) Curriculum

The Master of Science in Interior Architecture (MSIA) is an online 30 credit post- professional degree for students with a first professional degree in interior design or architecture. Students develop a specialization in interior design that can be applied in practice or serve as a foundation for a career in higher education or enrollment in a doctoral program that allows students to explore a specific building type, user group or design issue in depth and to develop a specialization.

Program Highlights

  • The MSIA program is a 30 credit degree completed online.
  • All incoming students must complete the MSIA Online Orientation in August.
  • Students will participate in a supervised teaching experience with an interior design program in their geographical area.
  • Students defend their thesis in residence at Chatham University.

Program Requirements

+Degree Requirements

30 credits
IAR655 Graduate Research Methods

This graduate seminar is a review and analysis of published research in the disciplines of interior design and architecture. Students are introduced to various methods for gathering information and conducting research with emphasis placed on the selection and utilization of data collection strategies and tools, culminating in the development of a research proposal. Cross listed as LAR680 and LNS680

3
IAR661 Interior Architecture Inquiry

This course will introduce students to architectural theory through specific readings that will enable them to establish basic critical reasoning skills utilizing theoretical works. the course will focus on reading and discussing seminal texts while understanding their historical importance to architecture and interior design.

3
IAR662 Issues in Interior Architecture

students are introduced to current writings and discussion related to sustainability and globalization, which are then analyzed for their relevance to the decisions made by interior architectus. An awareness of current issues and how the student may impact them provides a framework as students engage in research for their thesis.

3
IAR670 Supervised Teaching

Students have the opportunity to assist with a class in interior architecture under the supervision of a faculty member.

3
IAR680 Thesis Development

The thesis is independently taken by a student under the guidance of a thesis committee. The final project is a written thesis with original research or a creative design project that is supported by in-depth information information gatheringand written material.

3
IAR681 Thesis

The thesis is independently taken by a student under the guidance of a thesis committee. The final project is a written thesis with orignal research or a creative design project that is supported by in-depth information gathering and written material.

3
ENG528 Academic Writing

Students develop the writing skills necessary for success in graduate school, including proper citations, time management, and the content and format for two types of research proposals. Students become proficient in the APA style and have the opportunity to resolve grammar and structure problems with the professor.

3
2 graduate level electives from any program (6)