Master of Science in Interior Architecture (MSIA) Curriculum
The Master of Science in Interior Architecture (MSIA) is a 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. The program is a recommended platform for students interested in pursuing doctoral studies where they can explore a specific building type, a particular user group, or address a critical design issue.
- All incoming students must complete the MSIA Online Orientation in August.
- Students who are taking classes on campus can participate in a supervised teaching experience with an interior design faculty.
Foundation Courses (12 credits) which allow students a foundation for writing their thesis.
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 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 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.
Skills for design practice or teaching (12 credits): students are able to select courses that correspond with their practice or teaching goals.
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 BUS515 Statistical Research Methods for Business
This course examines the fundamentals of research and quantitative methodology with emphasis on the use of statistical analysis by business. Topics include statistical measures and distributions, application of probability to statistical inference, experimental design, hypothesis testing, linear correlation, and statistical quality control. Focus is on business applications of statistics using problems and case studies. Course uses computer-based statistical package for data analysis.
3 Or other approved courses
Electives (6 credits): Through advising, students could select electives that enhance their career goals. Choose two graduate-level electives from any program.