Interior Architecture (MIA)

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Interior Architecture (MIA) Overview

The Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) is a six-term, on-campus, 54-credit-hour, CIDA-accredited degree program for students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than interior design or architecture. With a convenient format for working adults, the program can be completed in two years. 

Important Dates

Application Deadline

The recommended application deadline is July 1 for fall admission. Applications will continue to be considered as long as seats remain in class.

Evening & Online Classes

Flexible Schedule

One virtual course is offered per semester, and in-person classes occur in the afternoon and evening to accommodate working students.

Credits Required


The MIA is a 54-credit-hour program, which can be completed in two years.

Did You Know?


Our program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Visit this page for all accreditation and student data information.

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Setting Students Up for Success

"The reason I would recommend anyone to come to Chatham: they have a curriculum and they have a faculty that's here to support you, in whatever lane you want to take. There's something for everyone, no matter what your experience is."—Kortney Zoelle, MIA '12 

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The Importance of Accreditation

Employers look for students to graduate from accredited programs, as a testament to the breadth and depth of their education. Studying at an accredited program gives you the greatest choice of types of employers for whom you can work. What’s more, studying at an accredited program means that you can sit for the NCIDQ exam immediately upon graduation.

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Courses & Curriculum

Chatham's Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) is a six-term, 54-credit-hour professional CIDA-accredited degree program. The courses include a wide range of topics, such as the History of Architecture, Building Codes, Design and Behavior, and industry sector-focused courses. Click the button below to learn more about the curriculum progression and courses.

Explore MIA Curriculum : Checkerboard 2 - Courses & Curriculum
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Intimate Campus Culture

Why study at a small school in the heart of a major city? Simple: you get the benefits of a closely-knit community with all the resources of an urban environment, just a hop, skip and a jump away.

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Program Faculty

Chatham's Interior Architecture program's full-time and part-time professors are teachers and practitioners with industry connections that they can put to work for their students. Our faculty are also researchers in the industry, writing textbooks and working with professional organizations. They serve as mentors and advisors and are there for you every step of the way. 

Meet the Faculty : Checkerboard 4 - Program Faculty
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Local Partnerships

Partnerships add to the student experience by developing interesting design perspectives and preparing graduates for client project success from concept to reality. One such unique relationship is with Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. We also benefit from partnerships with organizations like the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), which specifically offers certifications and professional education to ensure the effectiveness of collaborative projects.

Alumni Perspectives

MIA alumni are some of our best ambassadors. From professors to classes to networking, listen to them talk about what makes Chatham's Master of Interior Architecture program remarkable.

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Location & Studio Space

The interior architecture program resides at Chatham Eastside, a LEED Silver building that utilizes sustainable design practices, recycled materials, and energy-efficient lighting to create a unique academic and social space in an urban setting. The studios are outfitted with adjustable drafting tables for individual and group work. Each studio is also equipped with mobile whiteboards for lectures, and individual or group brainstorming, plus the teaching studios have monitors and projectors for laptop plugin and presentations.  

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Tuition & Funding

The cost of a graduate degree consists of university tuition (per credit charge), fees, and any other personal expenses you may require for earning your degree. Chatham also offers a 20% corporate partner discount, graduate assistantships, and professional campus work positions for many graduate programs that can help make a Chatham graduate education more affordable. Our Financial Aid and Admissions offices will also work with you to understand loan and financing options available. 

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The interior design program leading to the Masters of Interior Architecture is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue SW, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Masters of Interior Architecture granted by Chatham University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit this website.

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