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Interior Architecture

Interior architects/designers create the specific character of spaces for human use and enjoyment. Interior architects must understand the important role of materials, colors, textures, and light in the creation of interior spaces that respond to the physical, social, psychological, and cultural needs of building users.

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Master of Interior Architecture

The School of Architecture offers the Master of Interior Architecture (M.I.A.).  This post-professional degree focuses on the advanced study of design strategies, history, theories, and technologies of Adaptive Reuse. Current trends in architectural design practice ensure that the imaginative reuse of existing buildings is, and will continue to be, the primary focus of our discipline for the foreseeable future.

The M.I.A. program at Marywood University is one of a limited number of graduate Interior Architecture programs in the United States that is fully integrated into a School of Architecture and its associate architecture program. Consequently, students are exposed to experimental pedagogies and techniques for creative project explorations.

This 54–credit degree is available to students who have completed a 4-year baccalaureate degree in Architecture, Interior Architecture or Interior Design from an accredited NASAD, CIDA or NAAB program. The degree is intended for those who wish to pursue more advanced post-professional studies in Interior Architecture. A specialized track for students that have completed a 4 or 5-year baccalaureate degree from another discipline may be developed on a case-by-case basis.

The M.I.A. program is a full-time program consisting of a sequential four-semester, 54-credit course of study (Fall-1: 15 credits; Spring-1: 15 credits; Fall-2: 12 credits; Spring-2: 12 credits).


The Master of Interior Architecture degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Degree Track Master of Interior Architecture

Course of Study (Typical)

Year 1

Fall15 credits
Studio: Formal & Spatial Attitudes of Adaptive Reuse 6
Principles of Adaptive Reuse 3
History & Theories of Urban Form 3
Representation in Adaptive Reuse of the Interior 3


Spring15 credits
Studio: Urban and Community Contexts of Adaptive Reuse 6
Materials & Methods of Adaptive Reuse 3
Strategies & Theories of Adaptive Reuse 3
Program Elective 3

Year 2

Fall12 credits
Research Methods and Preparation 3
Hybrid Craft 3
Advanced Lighting 3
Program Elective 3


Spring12 credits
IARC 530 Studio: Master's Research Project 6
IARC 594A Thesis Documentation & Publication 3
IARC 5XX Program Elective 3

Application Requirements

Applicants for graduate study in Interior Architecture must meet the general requirements for admission to the University.

In addition, applicants must submit and/or satisfy the following:

  1. A Statement of Purpose, 150-200 words in length.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (only one of which may be from a Marywood
    University faculty member).
  3. If requested, a personal interview with the School's Graduate Admissions
  4. A portfolio of design projects, with narrative descriptions, submitted no later than one month before the last official registration date. The School's Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate the portfolio for its diversity of project types, the complexity of programs resolved, and the quality of visual and written presentation and communication. The purpose of this review is to determine if the student is suitably prepared to meet the rigors of advanced professional study.
  5. Any applicant who, in the judgment of the School's Graduate Admissions Committee, lacks adequate undergraduate preparation to pursue this degree program, will be required to take additional coursework, thereby extending the program completion period beyond one year. The extent and nature of this coursework will be determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee after reviewing all required application materials.
  6. For students holding a Marywood undergraduate degree in the discipline, a minimum QPA of 3.0 (or "B") is required for admission to the program. For those holding undergraduate degrees from other institutions, a minimum overall QPA of 3.0 (or "B") is expected. Individuals who do not meets this minimum QPA requirement (or other requirements) but demonstrate outstanding and unusual qualifications that promise significant contributions to the program may request special consideration through the Director of the School of Architecture.

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