Interior Architecture (MIA)

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Interior Architecture (MIA) Overview

At Chatham, we view interior architecture as an inclusive design approach that encompasses all of the factors that influence the design of interior spaces, including patterns of human behavior, aesthetics, and building technology. The Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) is a five-term (including one summer) on-campus, 72 credit-hour, first professional CIDA-accredited degree program for students with an undergrad degree in a field other than interior design or architecture.
Degrees Offered
  • MA
Program School
Application Deadline


Recommended deadline for Fall entry: July 1
Recommended deadline for Spring entry: November 1 
Applications will continue to be accepted and considered as long as seats remain in the class.

Credits Required


Program may be completed in five terms.

Cost Per Credit


Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.

Explore the MIA Degree:

  • Have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
    If a Student has below a 3.0 GPA, please feel free to apply if you show extreme promise through other achievements. Additional Admissions documents may be requested.
  • Completed application for admission, including:
    • Online application
    • One- to two-page personal statement of intent explaining why you would like to pursue a graduate degree in interior architecture
    • Curriculum vita or resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Chatham University
Office of Graduate Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax: 412-365-1609

Integrated Degree Program

Chatham University undergraduates applying through the Integrated Degree Program (IDP) must complete all requirements outlined on their respective admission or track tab on the IDP Portal Site. All IDP applicants should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure they are meeting all requirements according to their IDP course of study.

IAR505: Environment and Behavior

The designed environment is influenced by human activity patterns and behavior. This course is an introduction to significant theories concerning the interaction of people and interior architecture. Emphasis is placed on shared human needs and differences based on age, culture, gender, and occupation. 

IAR631: Green and Sustainable Design

Global issues of energy use, resource depletion, and indoor air quality have prompted design professionals to re-evaluate design and construction processes. This course provides students with the knowledge of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system to promote environmentally responsible design. 

IAR645: Professional Practice

In this course, students are introduced to the specialized services provided by the professional interior designer. Emphasis is placed on office operations and personnel issues, marketing strategies, project management, contract documents, ethics, and the legal and financial aspects of professional practice.

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A solid interior design education yields practitioners who protect and enhance the health, safety, and well-being of humankind. Our programs are also aligned with current issues such as global awareness, community engagement, and sustainable design. The outcome is graduates who are technically savvy and broad-thinking designers. This is what sets us apart.

–KYRA TUCKER, program director/chair of interior architecture

Our Faculty

Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.

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Assistantships & Fellowships

A limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships are available to full-time students. These positions provide the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member, assist with teaching responsibilities, or participate in and organize projects. In addition to providing financial assistance, these positions offer students valuable hands-on experience, expanded learning opportunities, and professional skill development.

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State-of-the-Art Facilities

Chatham Eastside, where our interior architecture program’s classroom, studio, and exhibition spaces reside, is recognized as a LEED Silver renovation project that manifests sustainable design practices, use of recycled materials, and energy-efficient lighting to create a green academic and social space in an urban setting.

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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 located in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. We also benefit from partnerships with organizations like the Pittsburgh Chapter of Construction Specifications Institute, which specifically offers certifications and professional education to ensure the effectiveness of collaborative projects.


The interior design program leading to the Masters of Interior Architecture is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, 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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(Almost) Living and (Definitely) Learning at Fallingwater

One afternoon, Kyra Tucker, director of interior architecture programs, walked into Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic architectural masterpiece Fallingwater to find her students sitting on the floor with their shoes off.

Alumna Profile: Hallie Dumont, Master of Interior Architecture ‘16

It was while working in home remodeling with her partner Jodi that Hallie Dumont’s eyes were opened to the unhealthy relationship that some people have with their homes.