Master of Science in Architecture, concentration in Interior Design
MS.Arch., Post-Professional Degree, based on-campus

program overview

This concentration allows those with professional degrees in Interior Design or closely related areas the opportunity for advanced research which is expected to add to the body of knowledge in the discipline of Interior Design. Potential research areas include design practice, history of interiors, computer applications in interior design, and environmental factors related to interiors. This concentration is available on the main campus in Blacksburg.

year 1: program of study

Fall semester

  • ARCH 5045 or ARCH 5134: Research Methods  – 3 credits
  • ARCH 5755: Graduate Studio Interior Design – 6 credits
  • 5000-level or above: Cognate Area – 3 credits
  • 12 credits total

Spring semester

  • ARCH 5134: Research in Interior Design – 3 credits
  • ARCH 5756: Graduate Studio Interior Design – 6 credits
  • 5000-level or above: Cognate Area – 3 credits
  • 12 credits total

year 2: program of study

Fall Semester

  • ARCH/ITDS 5994: Project and Report – 6 credits
  • GRAD 5104: Training for the Professoriate or GRAD 5204:  Citizen Scholar Seminar – 3 credits
  • 5000-level or above: Cognate Area  – 3 credits
  • 12 credits total

graduation requirements

  • 36 hours minimum
  • 27 credits 5000-level or above
  • Maximum 9-credit hours independent study; when combined with Special Study courses maximum of 12-credit hours
  • 6 credit hours of 5054 Project and Report maximum

Teaching Track

  • GRAD 5104: Preparing the Future Professoriate – 3 credits
  • GRAD 5114: Pedagogical Practices in Contemporary Contexts – 3 credits
  • GRAD 5954: Future Professoriate: Global Perspectives – 3 credits

Emphases Within Teaching Track

  • Materials and Finishes
  • Building Systems
  • Computer/Graphics
  • Human Environment Relation
  • Post Professional Masters (CIDA)+portfolio 36 hours