Interior Architecture: MS

The post-professional Master of Science interior architecture degree program allows individuals to complete advanced research that builds on an undergraduate professional degree in interior design/architecture or architecture. 

Eligible applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited four-year U.S. college or university OR hold an equivalent credential from a qualifying international institution. 

This degree provides an opportunity for advanced study and contribution to knowledge in the field through the thesis. The course of study prepares students for careers in research, teaching, consulting, and further graduate study. Students will also gain a greater understanding of the relationship between the discipline and the profession while working closely with faculty mentors helping to guide individual research. This degree does not provide a path to licensure. 

Students in this program are expected to develop an individual research topic in one or more of the following areas of research: 

  • Adaptive re-use and interior environments: contexts, aesthetics, functions 
  • Craft and fabrication: green materials, finishes, furnishings, and products 
  • Behavioral factors: cultural, social, and economic sustainability 
  • Building occupant and community member perception, performance, and health 
  • Design modeling, processes, simulations, and communication 
  • Design history and theory 
  • Preservation and adaptive re-use: sustainability issues 

The Master of Science curriculum focuses on individual research that draws from professional and general university courses and consultation with the student’s advisor and thesis committee. Visit the Graduate School website for thesis information

Degree Requirements (45 Credits) 

  • Interior Architecture Courses: 30 Credits 
  • IARC 601 Research: 6 Credits 
  • IARC 503 Thesis or IARC 611: Terminal Project 9 Credits 

This degree does not provide a path to licensure. 


Eligible applicants must have an undergraduate professional degree in interior design/architecture or architecture.  

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. This program has two separate applications, the University of Oregon application and a department application. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website.

Application Available: September 15 

Note on Priority Application Deadline: Grace deadline through January 2, 11:59 p.m., PST)

Second Round Application Deadline: March 15 

The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • GRE (UO Institution Code: 4846)
  • Letters of Recommendation  
  • Portfolio 
  • Resume 
  • Research Statement of Intent 
  • Summary of Goals and Intent 
  • Writing Sample


Master of Science (MS)
College of Design
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term: 
Priority Deadline - December 2
Final Deadline - May 1
This program may accept applications after the posted deadline on a space-available basis. Refer to the program’s website for more details.