dha College of Design
Design, Housing, and Apparel Interior Design Track



Who:    The Graduate Program of Design is a multidisciplinary program comprised of four formal tracks, one of which is Interior Design.   Graduate study in interior design emphasizes the theory, research, and specialized practice components of design as applied to people’s health, safety, and welfare in the interior environment, including culture, sustainability, and issues facing design education. Advances in theoretical knowledge and study of the interactions of humans in interior environments prepare students for teaching and research positions as well as design specializations within the profession.


What:    Focusing on Interior Design research issues during your graduate work will deepen your knowledge of the relationships between people and the built environment.  Coursework and research experiences combine to further your understanding of how interior spaces support or hinder people’s physical, social, or psychological needs by contributing to their health, safety, and welfare.


Why:     A graduate education in Interior Design prepares you to be a critical consumer of research or a critical contributor to research as a design practitioner, researcher, or educator.  Design is inherently interdisciplinary; we have many design disciplines and resources available at the University of Minnesota that will support your study.  Your educational experience will be further enhanced by the dedicated and active research faculty, and the Goldstein Museum of Design. Located in the Twin Cities, the program also benefits from a diverse cultural setting and a strong local design community that provides you with opportunities for both research and practice collaborations.  


Where:   The Design Graduate Program is located in McNeal Hall on the beautiful St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.


Degrees Offered:   Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).



Prospective Graduate Students

Minium Admissions Requirements:  A prior degree in interior design or architechture is required for admission to study interior design at the graduate level.  At the graduate level, students prepare for positions in teaching and research.  Please note that experience in interior design practice is also desired.


If you do not have a bachelor’s degree in interior design and are interested in education that would prepare you for interior design practice, please view information about the CIDA-accredited undergraduate program in interior design.


Information on Funding and Tuition:  Financial support in the form of graduate assistantships is available on a limited basis and is based upon the expertise of the student and the needs of the department. Assistantship offers will not be made until after the student has been accepted into the program.  Assistantship availability is not guaranteed.   More information.





Required Coursework (Degree Planning Sheets), Transfer Credits

Application & Info


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Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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